Our Bible verse for today: “Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory because of your faithful love, because of your truth.” Psalm 115:1 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Give the credit to God.
I’ve always considered George Washington to have been one of the greatest leaders of all time. He was a patriot, a brilliant general, a hero of the Revolutionary War, and he was our greatest President. He was a man of high integrity and he was known for his courage, his honesty, and his strength of character. Those who knew him said that he always carried himself with a sense of dignity and he exuded a sense of quiet confidence. I’ve read several biographies about him and currently I’m reading a little book called “George Washington’s Leadership Lessons: What the Father of our Country can teach us about effective leadership and character.”
Another thing I admire about Washington is his strong faith. Despite the fact that modern revisionist historians try to say that Washington was not really a Christian, or at best he was just a deist, it’s simply not true. His speeches, letters, and personal conversations were laced with references to God, and he regularly spoke about the importance of faith. He frequently commented on how much he relied on God’s guidance and provision, and he invariably gave credit to God for his successes. His was an interactive and intimate relationship with the One he called, “The Savior of mankind.”
Another notable aspect of Washington’s character was that he would rarely accept credit or praise for something he had accomplished. He would always respond by giving the credit to God and to others.
Author and historian James Rees, the Executive Director of Mount Vernon, writes about Washington, “Whenever Washington achieved something special, or whenever circumstances conspired in favor of America, he almost always gave credit to God. In doing so, he downplayed his own contributions and enabled the spotlight to shine on the many (and on God). With his typical graciousness, Washington was able to defer the praise that his country and, in fact, the world was more than ready to shower on him.”
Rather than accepting praise for himself, Washington consistently gave the credit to God and to those God had brought around him to assist him in the endeavor. This is instructive for us. As we seek guidance from God for our various endeavors in life, and as we receive that guidance and therefore achieve successes, we need to be careful to give the credit to whom it is due. Remember where your success really comes from, it comes from God. By all means, go ahead and ask Him for guidance, but then give Him the credit when things go well for you.