Originally published: 2015-07-11 20:28:28
What We Need to Regain
True quality leaders understand one simple principle…
People are ready to give respect as soon as the recognize humility — and as time proves the truth of that humility, that respect becomes honor.
This is a principle that cannot be denied anywhere…
The magnitude of respect and then honor
will always be determined by the
truth in the humility.
Which explains what happens to the many that go down the path of entitlement and demand respect with little or even no humility.
They are usually the last to discover and are usually totally surprised to sense that their people don’t trust them, that their people are not very loyal…
Their focus after all was on themselves, not on humility, not on the people around them…
All of which I can only say any one of the following…
The seed you plant is the harvest you reap
The end cannot justify the means,
for the simple and obvious reason that
the means employed
determine the nature of the ends produced.
One you should recognize as from the Bible, the other is by Aldous Huxley.
Both are focused on the same thing, which is the end result…
Both are the roots of principles, you know those things that never change no matter what you believe and/or do.
My thought is this…
Why fight something that’s going to win anyways,
even if you don’t believe in it (principles, that is)?
If you are NOT getting the results you want from people and unless God is running interference, you are planting the wrong seeds —
Most people want to make others happy, which means when any of us (me included!) is not connecting with someone, we are shorting out our connection somehow…
Some people… well, people are people and we can be the finickiest of things yet…
The few are always the exception and will always be.
Afterall, they have that right and as long as safety and lives are not be affected, should we really be interfering with their will?
If they previously bought into your dream and vision but are delinquent in their tasks, efforts and deliverables — they need to be let go if they don’t move on themselves…
Their focus has changed and you are not responsible for that, let go and move on.
They have provided whatever value you can gain and focus on that…
As a true and quality leader, our focus needs to be on…
- those that want to help
- those that believe in and share your vision, your dream…
Size of the vision and/or dreams does not matter…
If they are lying to you. then you are better off trusting their enemies that are telling the truth and keep the value of their word.
At least you know where they are coming from and where they stand — that is a mutual trust if even a cautious trust…
Where are you focused?
Who can count on your word? your actions?
What actions do you need to correct to connect with those who want to help you? who believe in your vision? who share the same dreams?
To get you started, focus on 3 things to improve your own character, the value of your word, the results of your actions…
- whose voice are you listening to? Those voices will form your beliefs even if you don’t believe them at first — learn to discern and verify what you hear…
- who do you consider a hero? Heroes are our alter-ego and tell others a LOT about you, perhaps more than you would care them to know… question WHY the person(s) are your heroes… And don’t be disappointed in letting any one of them or even ALL of them go — they were part of your growth, recognize them for their contributions not their failures (as if YOU never failed???)
- whose counsel do you pursue? This would be mentors, advice, legal counsel, anything where you need advice — metaphorically speaking, ask yourself if you are asking a golfer to give you advice on football… Find someone who has been through what you are going through and succeed in overcoming with strength… they will save you weeks, months even years of frustration…
In other words, learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Learn to step outside of your comfort zone but not outside of your principles — one is meant to be built and grown, the other is meant to be your foundation…
What Our Founding Fathers Understood
The other thing our Found Fathers knew is this…
The left and RINO’s have so distanced themselves from our history they have no choice but to challenge this — after all, knowledge without wisdom, especially Godly wisdom, has always proven to be more stupid (and costly) than ignorance…
Our job, our responsibility is to keep ourselves educated, which also means to be open to correction — no one can know it all, even then, even today.
With the internet doubling its information every 2-1/2 days, there WILL be errors — verify what you are learning from original source documents as often as possible — great places to start?
- Library of Congress
- Records of Congress, personal notes and letters through our National Archives
- The Congressional Records
- as well as nearly anything else can be found in our National Archives
This is by no means an exhaustive list — build your library as you spend time verifying what you have been told.
And be sure to test those sharing the wrong information – if they are friendly, be nice… if not, have at them with dignity!
Returning to what we need to regain…
The First Continental Congress met from September 5 to October 26, 1774 – and after 2 days of establishing how they were to operate by establishing debating rules, the First act they wanted on September 7th?
Refer to the comments on the bottom of the page of the above Continental Record — does this even come close to sounding like our Founding Fathers were Deists never mind kept the Bible out of our government?
O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee. To Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their Cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle!
Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior.
Reverend Jacob Duché
Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 7, 1774, 9 o’clock a.m.
Talk about humility…
Now add to this the reading of at this time of Psalm 35 (KJV, of course)…
1 Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
4 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.
5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.
7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.
8 Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.
9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
10 All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?
11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.
13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:
16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.
17 LORD, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.
18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.
21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.
22 This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O LORD, be not far from me.
23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my LORD.
24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.
25 Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.
26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.
27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.
From my perspective, only a burnt spirit cannot see the humility our First Congress had with God as well as knowing full well their vulnerability (the Declaration of Independence was still 2 years in the making).
John Adams was so profoundly impacted by this poignant morning that his letter to his wife even 9 days later was still full of amazement and urgency in getting word out on what happened…
Phyladelphia Septr. 16. 1774
Having a Leisure Moment, while the Congress is assembling, I gladly embrace it to write you a Line.
When the Congress first met, Mr. Cushing made a Motion, that it should be opened with Prayer. It was opposed by Mr. Jay of N. York and Mr. Rutledge of South Carolina, because we were so divided in religious Sentiments, some Episcopalians, some Quakers, some Aanabaptists, some Presbyterians and some Congregationalists, so that We could not join in the same Act of Worship.—Mr. S. Adams arose and said he was no Bigot, and could hear a Prayer from a Gentleman of Piety and Virtue, who was at the same Time a Friend to his Country. He was a Stranger in Phyladelphia, but had heard that Mr. Duchè (Dushay they pronounce it) deserved that Character, and therefore he moved that Mr. Duchè, an episcopal Clergyman, might be desired, to read Prayers to the Congress, tomorrow Morning. The Motion was seconded and passed in the Affirmative. Mr. Randolph our President, waited on Mr. Duchè, and received for Answer that if his Health would permit, he certainly would. Accordingly next Morning he appeared with his Clerk and in his Pontificallibus, and read several Prayers, in the established Form; and then read the Collect for the seventh day of September, which was the Thirty fifth Psalm.1—You must remember this was the next Morning after we heard the horrible Rumour, of the Cannonade of Boston.—I never saw a greater Effect upon an Audience. It seemed as if Heaven had ordained that Psalm to be read on that Morning.
After this Mr. Duche, unexpected to every Body struck out into an extemporary Prayer, which filled the Bosom of every Man present. I must confess I never heard a better Prayer or one, so well pronounced. Episcopalian as he is, Dr. Cooper2 himself never prayed with such fervour, such Ardor, such Earnestness and Pathos, and in Language so elegant and sublime—for America, for the Congress, for The Province of Massachusetts Bay, and especially the Town of Boston. It has had an excellent Effect upon every Body here.
I must beg you to read that Psalm. If there was any Faith in the sortes Virgilianae, or sortes Homericae, or especially the Sortes biblicae, it would be thought providential.
It will amuse your Friends to read this Letter and the 35th. Psalm to them. Read it to your Father and Mr. Wibirt.—I wonder what our Braintree Churchmen would think of this?—Mr. Duchè is one of the most ingenious Men, and best Characters, and greatest orators in the Episcopal order, upon this Continent—Yet a Zealous Friend of Liberty and his Country.3
I long to see my dear Family. God bless, preserve and prosper it. Adieu.
We, as a nation, are not even CLOSE to where our Founding Fathers were when it comes to humility towards God as well as knowing our current and very vulnerable situation.
I believe I know what we need to do, what do YOU believe we need to do, now?
Is our an urgency even more dire than theirs as we could possibly lose the liberty we once gained?
Or are we just venting through facebook, twitter, and any other social media without doing anything but being a mouthpiece of political rant?
The GOP has been in office for nearly 2 years now, and just WHAT do they have to show for it?
What are we going to do about all this?
Prayer is great but without any equal action behind it, it is only prayer — we are being a mouthpiece full of desperate rant….
Perhaps this is why Trump has shot to the top of the list of early Presidential candidates in the popularity polls?
Gowdy, Lee, Sessions, Chaffetz are just the beginning… What are you doing to assist? Praying? If not, get started…
George Washington warned us in his First Inaugural address that both the preservation sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the Republican model of Government need to be protected by the hands of the American people… not by the government, not by those elected to office, but by us, We the People…
“By the article establishing the Executive Department, it is made the duty of the President “to recommend to your consideration, such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” The circumstances under which I now meet you, will acquit me from entering into that subject, farther than to refer to the Great Constitutional Charter under which you are assembled; and which, in defining your powers, designates the objects to which your attention is to be given. It will be more consistent with those circumstances, and far more congenial with the feelings which actuate me, to substitute, in place of a recommendation of particular measures, the tribute that is due to the talents, the rectitude, and the patriotism which adorn the characters selected to devise and adopt them. In these honorable qualifications, I behold the surest pledges, that as on one side, no local prejudices, or attachments; no seperate views, nor party animosities, will misdirect the comprehensive and equal eye which ought to watch over this great assemblage of communities and interests: so, on another, that the foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality; and the pre-eminence of a free Government, be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its Citizens, and command the respect of the world.
“I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my Country can inspire: since there is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity:
“Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained:
“And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”