- Act at all times as in the presence of God, and make it the great object in all things to please Him. In order to do this;
- Seek first of all to gain clear views of His will and with regard to all things to be perfectly conformed to it. In doing this;
- Cherish no thoughts, indulge no feeling, speak no words, and do no actions, but what you really think, after all the light you can gain, will most honor God, most benefit yourself and others needs, and give you the greatest joy when they come to be exhibited before the assembled universe at the judgement day.
- Begin and end each day by a season of communion with God, and by a solemn and hearty commitment of yourself and all your interest, temporal and eternal, to His guidance, care and disposal.
- Daily read, with deep attention and fervent prayer, a portion of the word of God, for the purpose of understanding, believing, and obeying it.
- Never express or indulge the least degree of unkindness towards any human being, and give no needless pain to any one of the human race, or even of the animal creation.
- Make it your object to promote the greatest happiness, on the whole, of all upon whom you may have influence, both of the present and all future generation.
- Regard the hand of God in all the dispensations of His providence, and in whatsoever state He places you, therewith be content.
- Envy none who are above you, and despise none who are below you: but possess and manifest the utmost goodwill towards all men.
- Never speak to or feel towards them in a manner that you ought not to wish them, under similar circumstance, to speak to or feel with regard to you.
- Let all statements and narrations be an exact exhibition of the real truth.
- Act for God, for the universe, and for eternity; and in such a manner as is adapted to promote the highest good forever. In order to do this;
- Look habitually to Jesus Christ: let your whole soul be imbued with His spirit, and manifest it in all your actions.
- Look to the Holy Ghost as the author of all good in man; seek habitually His teaching, His illuminating and purifying influences, that He may dwell in you as His temple, and take full possession of all your powers and talents for Himself.
- Earnestly desire that He would take of the things of Christ and more and more show them unto you; and carefully avoid everything which tends to hinder you from becoming perfectly like Him.
- Make it as your meat and drink to do the will of God, and perseveringly have respect to all His commandments.
- Feel and acknowledge that all the good that you ever have received, that you now receive, or ever will receive is of grace through Jesus Christ; trust in him for all which you need, both for this life and the life to come; rely on his merits, imitate his example, and in view of every blessing give him and the Father and the Holy Ghost all the glory.
Thomas Jefferson said the following of Washington in a letter written to Dr Walter Jones:
George Washington's Character
Jan 2, 1814
“I knew George Washington intimately and thoroughly; and were I called on to delineate his character, it would be in terms like these:
His mind was great and powerful, his penetration strong, and as far as he saw, no judgment was ever sounder. It was slow in operation, being little aided by invention or imagination, but sure in conclusion. Hence the common remark of his officers, of the advantage he derived from councils of war, where hearing all suggestions, he selected whatever was best; and certainly no general ever planned his battles more judiciously.
He was incapable of fear, meeting personal dangers with the calmest unconcern. Perhaps the strongest feature in his character was prudence, never acting until every circumstance, every consideration, was maturely weighed; refraining if he saw a doubt, but when once decided, going through with his purpose, whatever obstacles opposed.
His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or conscience, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision. He was, indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and great man.
His temper was naturally high toned; but reflection and resolution had obtained a firm and habitual ascendency over it. If ever, however, it broke its bonds, he was most tremendous in wrath.
In his expenses he was honorable, but exact; liberal in contributions to whatever promised utility; but frowning and unyielding on all visionary projects and all unworthy projects and all unworthy calls on his charity. His heart was not warm in it's affections; but he exactly calculated every man's value, and gave him a solid esteem proportioned to it.
His person, you know, was fine, his stature exactly what one would wish, his deportment easy, erect and noble; the best horseman of his age, and the most graceful figure that could be seen on horseback.
He wrote readily, rather diffusely, in an easy and correct style. This he had acquired by conversation with the world, for his education was merely reading, writing, and common arithmetic, to which he added surveying at a later day. His time was employed in action chiefly.
On the whole, his character was, in it's mass, perfect, in nothing bad, in few points indifferent; and it may truly be said, that never did nature and fortune combine more perfectly to make a man great, and to place him in the same constellation with whatever worthies have merited from man an everlasting remembrance.
For his was the singular destiny and merit of leading the armies of his country successfully through an arduous war, for the establishment of it's independence; of conducting it's councils through the birth of a government, new in it's forms and principles, until it had settled down into a quiet and orderly train; and of scrupulously obeying the laws through the whole of his career, civil and military, of which the history of the world furnishes no other example...”
To make a point, let me add this:
The United States has been called the "Great Melting Pot", because of all the people from different nations who have become its citizens.
The world has changed a lot in the past two hundred years, (to say the least), and it has improved in many ways. Since the signing of the "Bill of Rights", we citizens of the United States have enjoyed freedom guaranteed by our governmental rights, for ALL men to have the freedom of speech, religion, the right to bear arms, etc. With this freedom also comes freedom to many who would thwart the proper context of its meaning to benefit the few, rather than the majority, and who, in their selfish quest for power, seek to destroy the very foundation our country is based upon.
Now, let us say that these people are righteous in their attempt to change the laws of the land to suit their very needs. Let us say that not all believe that there is but one God, and they want to squash freedom of religion for the majority to suit the needs of the few. Let us say that non-believers are appalled at the very mention of God, and therefore they desire to remove all mention of God in our "Pledge of Allegiance", "National Anthem", and to remove all mention of God in any public buildings.
Let us remember that two hundred years ago, slavery was a fact of life. It was fashionable for the rich to have servants whom they paid for handsomely to the slave traders who sailed ships collecting indentured servants, cast-off prisoners who chose to come to this country to serve out their prison time, and slaves who were kidnapped from their homelands, scared to death, not knowing what to expect and not knowing where they were being taken, only to be thrown off the ships and sold at auction to the highest bidder.
Then again, you had parents who had so many children that they actually sold their own flesh and blood to slave traders in return for money.
Sad but true, and it was going on all over the world, not only in the United States.
The United States in those days was a means of escape to many who fled their homelands in hope of a new life, and what they found was a wild land. If they wanted to survive, they lived a life of servitude of one sort or the other.
The leaders of this country in those days, were rich, yes, but many were honest, God fearing men, who felt compassion for ALL men, as set forth by our governmental rights.
We have these men to thank for their compassion, to include ALL walks of life, and not excluding the working class from enjoying the many freedoms we now enjoy.
We have these men to thank for ending slavery all over the world!
Many are appalled at the very thought of it, but, remember, slavery was a fact of life all over the world already. These men saw how wrong it was and they are the ones responsible for ending it, all over the world.
Now, it is said that since slavery was wrong in the first place, and since these men owned slaves, they should not be looked upon as heros.
Our country, the land we took from the native Americans, became civilized because of these men whom I call heros. They set forth on a journey to improve a land of immigrants and turned it into the richest nation on Earth.
Their foresight gave us this freedom people from other nations leave their homelands for.
Their righteousness set the standards for our freedoms not excluding other religions, but including them, because there is but one God, and He is the God of the Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike.
Do not be foolhardy to believe you can act out condescention regarding other religions when freedom of religion is GUARANTEED TO ALL...and if you have no religion or are an atheist, you will find no solace in the words of our forefathers. Atheism is not a religion, and also no religion which is against God will be recognized, period!
Our forefathers knew that only God in His Divine mercy was responsible for our successes as a nation.
Our "National anthem", "Pledge of Allegiance", and all our other cherished words, "In God We Trust", prayer in schools, and everything else we hold sacred and dear are being threatened, and they are the very lifeblood our country is based upon.
Let us not allow scavengers of the unholy to destroy our foundation which will enable communistic views to abound, and unholy skepticism to invade the roots of our decendants.
No matter what religion, race, country of origin, or class, the heros of this country are, whom they are.
Many have been added to the list of heros since then, but that does not lessen the amount of heroship our forefathers achieved on a much grander scale because they opened the door for all these others.
Change can be a good thing, however, let us keep in mind that sooner or later the masses will speak out against anyone who wishes to denegrate the memory of these heros, and against anyone who will even attempt to take away our freedoms!
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