I would not be doing what I do for a living these days — five hours of talk radio a day — had I not been encouraged by my friend and mentor, Rush Limbaugh. Years ago, after taking over RedState, Rush and I met in person the first time.
Once, in a moment of frustration late at night in a hotel room in New York City, I vented in an email to him about some career choices I had. I don’t even know that he’d remember. But faced with a tough choice on intriguing career decisions, he pushed me to go to CNN instead of Fox. He thought it would do me good to spend time “behind enemy lines” so to speak. It was deeply rewarding. After three years, Roger Ailes wanted me at Fox and Rush said I should go for it.
Along the way, I fell into talk radio totally by accident. Rush was the first person I turned to. He said I should run with it and gave me some very sound advice I still use. First and foremost, he told me, I needed to hire someone willing to shoot straight with me and tell me when I’d screwed up because few people would do so.
When my health turned upside down and my wife got diagnosed with lung cancer, Rush was one of the first to check in on us. He’s typically the first person I chat to after Apple product releases and I might have raced him to order an iPhone before.
Now Rush is in for a fight with the same disease that plagues my family. He will have my prayers and I hope yours as well. The God of all creation who raises us up from the dust of the earth and stitches us together in our mothers’ wombs is a God of wonder and miracle. In Him we must trust and know that He has a plan and design of which we are a part and all things, including struggles, work for the good of His kingdom.