Life of George Washington: An Example to All
There is great interest in the life of George Washington, the first President of the great United States of America. He was a man among men and if there was ever a type of man for others to emulate, he was one for the ages. By no means am I suggesting that George Washington was a perfect human being. What I am suggesting, however, is that every human being needs an example of great disciplined character and faith to learn from, and George Washington was an expert professor in the field.
Life of George Washington: A Purposeful Lifestyle
The life of George Washington was characterized by purpose. David Barton, an author, historian and the founder and president of WallBuilders “an organization dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built,” wrote an article entitled Was George Washington a Christian?1. In that article Mr. Barton quotes from a letter written by George Washington’s adopted daughter Nelly Custis-Lewis. Mrs. Custis-Lewis points out some attributes of George Washington that help the watchful eye see and understand what set the first President of the United States apart from others in his and our time. Look carefully at the purposefulness of George Washington’s life and decision making process. Mrs. Custis-Lewis says,
Life of George Washington: Visible for all to See
The life of George Washington was highly visible, leading armies of men to battle from the French and Indian war to the Revolutionary War. He was constantly watched by those around him and as a result people knew who this man was. One would be hard pressed to find negative truth that has been recorded in regard to George Washington’s life. With so many eyes on him and a deep desire to serve his country and the God of creation George Washington made well-thought-out decisions every day of his life. He did not have the privilege, if that is what one would call it, to live life on the whim. From his bedroom to the presidential office that he served in, George Washington spent his days purposefully living. He seemed to never do anything that wasted time. He spent devotional time with God on a daily basis, he encouraged people through word and deed, and he sacrificed his own selfish humanistic desires in order to appropriately and successfully serve out his life and calling.
William J. Federer, in America’s God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations writes,
Life of George Washington: Emulating a Hero
The life of George Washington is one worth emulating. With all that is wrong with our world today, men and women of all ages need to look to those who throughout history lived life the right way. George Washington was one of those people and upon searching out and understanding his life, one can see that purposeful living is not easy. However, when one purposefully does the things in life that place God, others and duty in front of selfish desires, through the difficulty they will face in disciplining themselves, they will find true and lasting success. The world can change with this kind of lifestyle flowing from the heart of our current and future generations.
George Washington was a hero of this nation and of the Christian faith. He was not a perfect man, but he purposefully served one that was -- Jesus Christ. In his faith-based service to Christ, George Washington helped build the greatest, most powerful and most successful nation this world has ever known. Not to mention the many secret and behind the scenes successes he had with friends, family, and the many people who crossed his path throughout his purposeful and God-fearing life.
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