North Central District
First In The Hearts of His Countrymen
Let us lay aside every weight . . . and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.--Heb. 12:1
An inscription at Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, reads:
Washington, the brave, the wise, the good,
Supreme in war, in council, and in peace.
Valiant without ambition, discreet without fear,
Confident without assumption.
In disaster, calm; in success, moderate; in all, himself.
The hero, the patriot, the Christian.
The father of nations, the friend of mankind,
Who, when he had won all, renounced all, and sought
It the bosom of his family and of nature, retirement,
And in the hope of religion, immortality.
Not all these statements may legitimately be applied to you and me. We won't be "supreme in war, in council, and in peace," or "father of nations." But in our own sphere we can come to merit the more important valuations of character: "the brave, the wise, the good"; "the hero, the patriot, the Christian"; "the friend of mankind."
Our American inheritance of great people is rich. Think also of Jefferson and of Lincoln--we have the privilege of following their high example. But let us go on to find our hero in the Greatest Example of all, "looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith."
OUR FATHER, we would take as our example and our ideal Thy Son. Grant to us some measure of His courage and strength, His humility, His unselfishness, His faith in Thee. Amen.
Dr. Rick Lanford
The North Central District of The UMC
735 Pierce Ave., Macon, GA 31204
P.O. Box 18169, Macon, GA 31209
Phone: (478) 254-6023