“I know there is a God, and that he hates the injustice of slavery. I see the storm coming, and I know that his hand is in it. If he has a place and a work for me, and I think he has, I believe I am ready. I am nothing, but truth is everything. I know I am right because I know that liberty is right; for Christ teaches it, and Christ is God.” -Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois, 1860
Anything you read or watch about Lincoln depicts the burden he carried. What man or woman can imagine it? But when I heard this note read, I heard how he managed the burden.
- He managed it because he believed the burden came from God.
- He managed it because he was discerning to see it coming before it arrived.
- He managed it because he trusted the work, call, and preparation by God for anyone to carry any size burden.
- He managed it because he knew his place, which he chose to humbly embrace.
- He managed it because he viewed it as a burden for truth and right.
- He managed it because he was aligned with God, the life-giver and sustainer of all burden carriers.
What can you learn from Lincoln’s example? How could you better manage your burden with these principles?