I am a political junkie. I love to follow the election results from the primaries as they trickle in and love to follow the various presidential candidates! February is the month we celebrate Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays and recognize President’s Day.
My favorite president has always been Abraham Lincoln. I’ve loved reading how he overcame so many personal and professional setbacks, yet he was able to help abolish slavery and unite a divided country after the Civil War.
A lot of Lincoln’s personal challenges occurred when he was young. His mother died when he was nine years old and he was raised by his step-mother who had a great influence on his life. His sweetheart passed away when she was only 22 years old. Lincoln suffered a nervous breakdown one year later. Two of his sons died at the early ages of 3 and 18 years old. His wife was not mentally balanced and he had to deal with much adversity. He was defeated for Congress, defeated for the U.S. Senate, lost as a candidate for the Vice Presidency, then was defeated for the U.S. Senate again just prior to being elected the 16th President of the United States.
He was often called “Honest Abe”, but he despised being called Abe and preferred Abraham or Lincoln.
The thing I love about President Lincoln is he never gave up! He constantly battled through his personal and professional challenges and became one of our nation’s greatest president’s, if not the greatest.
May we all learn valuable lessons from the example of President Lincoln’s ability to overcome adversities. We all have our own challenges and trials, but God doesn’t give us any more than we can handle.