Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Some of the most noble and valiant events of history in many nations were born out of hearts that had an eternal perspective. The heart of George Washington, renowned Revolutionary War general and first president of the United States, was such a heart. From his earliest days, he was taught by his mother to put God first in his life. And when he went out to accept a position of leadership in the war, he had no idea how much his faith would be put to the test.
One of the most precious documents Washington ever produced as a young man was small prayer diary that he titled Daily Sacrifice. He wrote:
Oh most glorious God…I acknowledge and confess my faults; in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day . . . Oh God, who art rich in mercy and plenteous in redemption, mark not, I beseech Thee, what I have done amiss . . . Cover [my sins] with the absolute obedience of Thy dear Son . . . the sacrifice of Jesus Christ offered upon the Cross for me. (Taken from The Light and the Glory, by Peter Marshall and David Manuel)
He made a habit of private prayer, and his faith inspired his men in the most brutal conditions. He is remembered for his great deeds certainly, but it is his faith that made his impact lasting. Only when your focus is on the eternal will your work have eternal merit.
Turn my heart to Your purposes, O Lord. Keep my focus on eternity.