GW. G-dub. Jorge. The Washman.
(Can you imagine someone calling him the Washman?)
I’m a pretty big fan of the Father of our Country. Granted, most of the things I know about him is from what I’ve read about him. But, I will say that our recent trip to the east coast brought new information to my family. There are lots of great books that have been written about this Commander in Chief. His character was strong. His presence was charismatic. His bravery was off the charts. And he wasn’t afraid to fight for what he believed in. All of those traits make up an amazing man. One might think all of this would have gone to his noggin – to make him arrogant. Not so much.
What most people don’t know about Washington is that the other leaders in our country wanted to make him “King of America” after the Revolutionary War ended in 1783 with a peace treaty. To that request, he respectfully declined. Then a new offer to be the president of the United States for life was put on the table. Meaning, he would be president until he died. Again, he said no. He wanted to give the power back to the people. So he did. From the time of his resignation as Commander in Chief in 1783 until he was elected the first President of the United States in 1789, the people got their way.
Because he wasn’t about himself. He was about something bigger. He was about a country “of the people, by the people and for the people” to quote good ole Honest Abraham Lincoln.
I wonder what you would have done had you been in his shoes? What would I have done? I mean, King of America? Come on. That’s pretty cool. His humility and pure heart wouldn’t allow it. He wanted the people to decide. And thankfully, they did.
I pray that the Holy Spirit will purify our hearts from the things that cause us to want greatness. Instead, may we want greatness for the One who is truly, and always will be, great.
The Washington Monument
A very old tree my sons wanted to hug because George Washington planted it in 1783.
Chris and me with Mt. Vernon in the background