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George Washington's Seventeen Rules of Life
| George Washington
Posted on 01/09/2002 8:27:31 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK
- Act at all times as in the presence of God, and make it the great object in all things to please Him. In order to do this,
- Seek first of all to gain clear views of His will and with regard to all things to be perfectly conformed to it. In doing this,
- Cherish no thoughts, indulge no feeling, speak no words, and do no actions, but what you really think, after all the light you can gain, will most honor God, most benefit yourself and others needs, and give you the greatest joy when they come to be exhibited before the assembled universe at the judgement day.
- Begin and end each day by a season of communion with God, and by a solemn and hearty commitment of yourself and all your interest, temporal and eternal, to His guidance, care and disposal.
- Daily read, with deep attention and fervent prayer, a portion of the word of God, for the purpose of understanding, believing, and obeying it.
- Never express or indulge the least degree of unkindness towards any human being, and give no needless pain to any one of the human race, or even of the animal creation.
- Make it your object to promote the greatest happiness, on the whole, of all upon whom you may have influence, both of the present and all future generation.
- Regard the hand of God in all the dispensations of His providence, and in whatsoever state He places you, therewith be content.
- Envy none who are above you, and despise none who are below you: but possess and manifest the utmost goodwill towards all men.
- Never speak to or feel towards them in a manner that you ought not to wish them, under similar circumstance, to speak to or feel with regard to you.
- Let all statements and narrations be an exact exhibition of the real truth.
- Act for God, for the universe, and for eternity; and in such a manner as is adapted to promote the highest good forever. In order to do this,
- Look habitually to Jesus Christ: let your whole soul be imbued with His spirit, and manifest it in all your actions.
- Look to the Holy Ghost as the author of all good in man; seek habitually His teaching, His illuminating and purifying influences, that He may dwell in you as His temple, and take full possession of all your powers and talents for Himself.
- Earnestly desire that He would take of the things of Christ and more and more show them unto you; and carefully avoid everything which tends to hinder you from becoming perfectly like Him.
- Make it as your meat and drink to do the will of God, and perseveringly have respect to all His commandments.
- Feel and acknowledge that all the good that you ever have received, that you now receive, or ever will receive is of grace through Jesus Christ; trust in him for all which you need, both for this life and the life to come; rely on his merits, imitate his example, and in view of every blessing give him and the Father and the Holy Ghost all the glory.
TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial
KEYWORDS: army; generalwashington; georgewashington; washington
You post some good stuff, A-Punk.
posted on 01/09/2002 8:36:49 PM PST
Separation of church and state? Where?
posted on 01/09/2002 8:40:45 PM PST
posted on 01/09/2002 8:43:19 PM PST
by A CA Guy
Boy, does this country need more people like Washington now.
Hey - I could be more like Washington by incorporating his principles into my life.
These principles also appear to be condensed from and inspired by the writings of St. Paul. Not a bad guy to follow, either.
posted on 01/09/2002 8:50:24 PM PST
Bump and spread to friends.
Difficult to second source, but I did find it at other sites. Is there a definitive reference source for this? It's great - thanks.
posted on 01/09/2002 9:00:11 PM PST
Pshaw. With beliefs like that, this dude will go nowhere.
posted on 01/09/2002 10:21:59 PM PST
Get the Library Of America collected one volume edition of George Washington's Writings . Its well worth the $35 and there are other volumes of the works of America's Founding Fathers and Abraham Lincoln.
Act at all times as in the presence of God, and make it the great object in all things to please Him.
Great statement by Mr. Washington. Just shows how much knowledge and wisdom this man possessed.
This is a great post, thank you for posting this.
The Libs read that as no church plenty of state.
A lot of very good advice. Mostly it boils down to do unto others (including animals and other creatures) as you would have them do unto you. Be authentic. Nothing worse than someone trying to be kind to others (including animals and other creatures) purely from an intellectual point of view (knowing abstractly that it's the right thing to do). It's so much better to have your heart in the right place and to actually want to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. To really feel it as opposed to intellectually knowing that that's what you should do.
Nice post Great read!
To: 57 Corvette
Wow, it sure sounds like these Founding Father guys were really non-religious like the Democrats say all the time. Sarcasm.
Indeed a great man, I am glad he is the father of our Country.
posted on 02/17/2003 9:41:05 PM PST
(RU 486 Kills Babies)
Excellent.....you wouldnt happen to be the famous AtomicLibSmasher?
posted on 08/21/2009 11:16:40 PM PDT
by Electric Graffiti
(Yonder stands your orphan with his gun)
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