Greetings in the Lord,
I’ve been watching a T. V. show on the History channel called, “The Revolution,” and much of it traces the life of George Washington, the father of our country. He was born in 1732. When he was eleven his father died. Between the ages of sixteen to nineteen he traveled the western frontier as a surveyor and managed to save enough money he purchased several plots of land. After returning his brother secured him a position in the Virginia militia when he was nineteen. His Commander was General Braddock, and during the battle of Duquesne he had two horses shot out from under him and after the battle they found four bullet holes in his coat, but Washington wasn’t wounded. For the next 4 years he commanded all of Virginia’s forces.
When his half brother died he inherited Mount Vernon. He added to his estate when he married a wealthy widow, Martha Curtis. At the age of twenty-seven Washington appeared set for a leisurely life as a distinguished landowner. But things were about to change….
During the first Continental Congress he was appointed to represent Virginia…and during the second Congress, he was unanimously voted as Commander-in-chief of the Continental Forces. He became the leader of fourteen thousand men who had no discipline, no arms, no commissary, and no morale. He, through example and perseverance welded together a loyal army and proved himself a brilliant military tactician. Ironically, Washington would have been rejected for military service by a modern draft board because he suffered from smallpox, influenza, T. B., dysentery and malaria. Yet he was never ill during the Revolutionary war.
After this Washington returned to Mount Vernon and was sent by Virginia to the Continental Convention in 1787 and later unanimously elected President. He served two terms. Here were his final remarks to the nation in 1796, he said…
Of all the habits that lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports,
In Vain would men claim the tributes of patriotism who would destroy these great pillars of
human happiness.” He said, It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the
Few American presidents have advocated prayer more openly than Washington. His secretary often
found him on his knees with a Bible in front of him. He gave orders relieving troops as far as possible from duty on Sundays and gave them opportunity to attend worship services. He denounced vulgarity and profanity. He was the first to declare a national day of thanksgiving saying, “it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits.”
That my friends is revolutionary!!! And because of leaders like that we enjoy the freedoms we do in this great nation. O God, give us leaders like that today!
Forever thankful for our foundation,