Last Saturday I visited the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA. This was a special treat since it was a Father's Day gift from my oldest son Brandon! Not only was did he provide the tickets and transportation to the Library, he also bought lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in Pasadena, Lebanese Kitchen!
The Library is fabulous! Why? Because of the character of the man who it represents! He was a great American President who was gifted as a public speaker! His humour and wit was renown!
When going the operating table for an assassin attempt, he would ask the doctors: "Are you all Republicans?" The main doctor responded: "Today, Mr. President we're all Republicans"!
He told his wife as soon as he was able to see her after the assassination attempt: "Honey, I forgot to duck"!
It was his desire to put everyone at ease! Everything is going to be alright!
His public speaking would also help motivate the destruction of Communism that was represented by the Berlin Wall. For close to forty years this wall had separated a nation and its people from each other. He would speak the following at the Berlin wall: "Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
What was his character based upon? It was founded upon his belief in God. He spoke the following:
"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under."
"Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face."
"Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure."
"We are never defeated unless we give up on God."
"I believe with all my heart that standing up for America means standing up for the God who has so blessed our land. We need God's help to guide our nation through stormy seas. But we can't expect Him to protect America in a crisis if we just leave Him over on the shelf in our day-to-day living."
His belief in God caused him to see the good in man since man is made in the image of God! Listen to what he spoke about man:
"I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life."
Yes, character still counts in Leaders! America needs leaders who believe in God and allow the Word of God to guide their decisions and actions!
Thank you Brandon and Rach for your sacrifice of time and finance in making this a day of remembering what really is important for Leaders! Character!
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