I love to read! This summer I read two great books by David McCullough: John Adams and The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Each tells the story of people with great courage and character.
John Adams, a Christian and second president of the United States, played a pivotal role in forging our nation. Not a man of great means or fame, Adams might have been content farming his family’s land had it not been for the tyranny of the British. His ability to keep the Continental Congress on task despite tremendous confusion and strife made the signing of the Declaration of Independence possible. For years he toiled in France, England, and the Netherlands, negotiating peace treaties and securing loans. Most of a decade he was away from Abigail, his wise wife, who was raising their children with much difficulty.
As President Adams stood resolute on key principals while a new two-party system became contentious, a torrent of false and malicious accusations being leveled at him from both sides. He stood his ground, fighting for peace and avoiding war, even though his stand cost him reelection.
The building of the Brooklyn Bridge was overseen by a principled man named Washington Robeling. The undertaking was so dangerous it led to his father’s death and ended up damaging his own health for decades. Amidst political corruption and terrible physical pain, he never varied from doing what was right and saw the greatest architectural achievement of the 19th century through to completion.
We need to be reminded of great people who did hard things for the sake of principle and in the service of others. May God bless our children that they might grow to be leaders of integrity in this ever-changing world!