In these uncertain times, tumultuous though they can be described, we continue to look for quality in leadership. It seems that in the process we are constantly finding disappointment for one reason or another. We do not expect perfection, for the mirror of reflection reveals our weaknesses! I submit for consideration something found in “Benedict’s Scrapbook”, which I purchased in 1954.
“I believe in God, the Almighty Ruler of nations, our great and good and merciful Maker, our Father in heaven, who notes the fall of a sparrow, and numbers the hairs of our heads.
I believe in his eternal truth and justice.
I recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proved by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.
I believe that it is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the over-ruling power of God, and to invoke the influence of his Spirit, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon.
I believe that it is meet and right to recognize and confess the presence of the Almighty Father equally in our triumphs and in those sorrows which we may justly fear are the punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins to the needful end of our reformation.
I believe that the Bible is the best gift which God has ever given to men. The teachings of the Savior of the world are communicated to us through this book.
I believe the will of God prevails. Without him, all human reliance is vain. Without the assistance of that Divine Being I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail.
Being a humble instrument in the hands of our Heavenly Father, I desire that my words and acts may be according to his will; and that it may be so, I give thanks to the Almighty and seek his aid.
I have a solemn oath registered in Heaven to finish the work I am in, in full view of my responsibility to God, with malice toward none, with charity for all; with firmness in the right as God gives me to see the right. I commend those who love me to this care, as I hope in their prayers they will commend me.”
A well woven tapestry for leaders and followers! “In the beginning God…”
– Genesis 1:1.