The Con­tents of Pres­i­dent’s Lin­coln’s Pock­ets

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Church News -

con­tains a lengthy speech by a con­tem­po­rary Bri­tish politi­cian who de­scribed Abra­ham Lin­coln as one of the great­est men of all time!

To­day most peo­ple recog­nise that Abra­ham Lin­coln de­served that ac­co­lade. He was an out­stand­ing per­son­al­ity and leader, but not many thought that at the time of his mur­der. Dur­ing his life­time, his crit­ics were vi­cious and nu­mer­ous. So there is some­thing very touch­ing about a great leader who needed to en­cour­age him­self by read­ing the good things that oth­ers had said or writ­ten about him.

Lead­ers or peo­ple in po­si­tions of au­thor­ity need en­cour­age­ment. By the very na­ture of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, they of­ten walk a lonely path.

But it is not only lead­ers who need en­cour­age­ment – we all do! A timely word of ap­pre­ci­a­tion has a pow­er­ful in­flu­ence. There are few things more help­ful than a word of en­cour­age­ment. It gives us fresh strength and spirit to keep go­ing when we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cult times. The great car man­u­fac­turer Henry Ford re­garded the abil­ity to en­cour­age oth­ers as one of the great­est tal­ents that a per­son can pos­sess.

And this is a work in which we can all be in­volved. One of most beau­ti­ful ex­am­ples of en­cour­age­ment in the Bi­ble is the kind­ness One­siphorous ex­tended to Paul when the apos­tle was in prison

(2 Ti­mothy 1:16-18). ‘May the Lord show mercy to the house­hold of One­siphorous, be­cause he of­ten re­freshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.’’ (1:16) His fre­quent vis­its were like a breath of fresh air to Paul. They gave him fresh hope and courage when the apos­tle had felt like giv­ing up. Paul was the great Chris­tian leader and mis­sion­ary; One­siphorous was the or­di­nary church mem­ber, so to speak. But it was the lat­ter who car­ried out the great work of en­cour­age­ment, and it was a won­der­ful work that was truly Christ-like.

A book on the Bri­tish con­sti­tu­tion con­tains these words: “The Sovereign has, un­der a con­sti­tu­tional monar­chy such as ours, three rights – the right to be con­sulted, the right to warn, (and) the right to en­cour­age.” I sug­gest that en­cour­age­ment is not the pre­serve of a monarch, but a right open to all of us. Let us all be en­cour­agers in our realm of in­flu­ence.

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