February 15

Reflection

Today our country is commemorating President’s Day. At this time, we long for leaders who set the common good above their party divisions and personal ambitions and who set an example for others. We need leaders with wisdom and strength to unite the members of government in a common purpose. We need those who can consider the problems of this nation and the sufferings of others with open minds, courage, and the desire to solve problems with integrity and will. We cannot afford to accept less. As citizens we have the responsibility to open our eyes, soften our hearts and heal our divisions. We can never take our freedom and our ideals for granted. Only we have the ability to continue to seek freedom and justice for all.

Prayer

God of justice and love, today we pray that you will bless our country with servant leadership.

Action

Be aware of and be educated on the positions and voting records of your representatives at the national level. Make informed decisions. Hold leaders accountable for integrity and truth.

Suggested Reading

Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.
Exodus 18:21

But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.
Luke 22:26

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
Phil.2:3

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
George Washington

I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
Abraham Lincoln

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
John Adams

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
Theodore Roosevelt

 No government is perfect. One of the chief virtues of a democracy, however, is that its defects are always visible and under democratic processes can be pointed out and corrected.
Harry S. Truman

A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today – and in fact we have forgotten.
John F. Kennedy

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