William Wilberforce (August 24, 1759 - July 29, 1833) was a British politician, philanthropist and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. A native of Hull, Yorkshire, he began his political career in 1780 and became the independent Member of Parliament for Yorkshire (1784-1812) and a close friend of Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger. In 1785 he underwent a conversion experience and became an evangelical Christian, resulting in changes in his lifestyle and in his interest in reform. He was 28 years old at the time and wondered whether he could stay in politics and remain a follower of Jesus Christ. His good friend John Newton, who was a converted slave trader and author of the famous hymn, Amazing Grace, convinced him to stay in politics to model his faith in the public sector. His life was dramatized in a 2007 movie production from Walden Media entitled Amazing Grace.
He didn't begin this job until he was sixty-nine years old. He had already had a successful Hollywood movie career and decided to try his hand at politics. He would be known by one job more than any other. He would also be known as one of the United State's greatest statesmen. He had a faith that was genuine but not intruding or very public, but you knew where he stood. He always treated people, even his detractors with grace. He was known for his extraordinary love he had for his wife.
This is chapter one from the book, Mastering Monday, by John Beckett, a business owner in Ohio who was featured on ABC News for operating his business on Christian principles. John is also author of Loving Monday.
U.S. Labor Day national holiday, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Oftentimes we wonder what exactly it is we are living for. Is it for a dream? Is it for a marriage? Is it for material possession? None of these pursuits are inherently evil in themselves. It is when the "thing" becomes more important to us than the "One" who gave His life for us. The life of Brigid of Ireland is a great example of one who lived for a cause much greater than herself.
What does it mean to live in a place of unlimited potential? Though Cyrus McCormick encountered many setbacks, his life is an example of someone who rose to the challenge to overcome the many setbacks that life handed him.
Eric Liddell was a man who understood his gifting in God. Even through seemingly hopeless circustances, God made a way for Lidell's success. His is a remarkable account of someone who would not endanger his own integrity, and because of this, God was able to bless him tremendously.
"I ask affectionately, my beloved brethren, have you fully surrendered the heart to God, or is there this thing or that thing with which you have taken up irrespective of God? ...Oh, be not satisfied until in your own inmost soul you can say, God is an infinitely lovely Being!" -George Muller