Sunday, February 6, 2011

Abraham Lincoln: Man of Meekness

There is one man in history for whom appearance did not matter. It was the least of his assets. Abraham Lincoln knew he was not a handsome man. When told that someone had called him "two-faced," he said, "If I were two faced, would I be wearing this one?" How's that for a reply.

Lincoln never let his appearance bother him. But other people, friends and foes alike, used it to insult and attack him. When they were both practicing law, Edwin Stanton would often call him "gorilla" in public debates. No man was insulted for his looks more than Abraham Lincoln.

But the great American president found this understandable and never let such criticism alter his feelings about other people. As a lawyer, he learned to respect Edwin Stanton's mind. In fact, when he became president, Lincoln asked Stanton to join his cabinet as Secretary of War.

People close to Lincoln objected to his choice. They could never forgive Stanton for ridiculing this humble man. When pressed for an explanation as to why, of all people eligible for the post, he chose the man who so bitterly and cruelly insulted him, Lincoln replied, "I chose Stanton simply because he is the best man for the job."

This is one of the many reasons why Abraham Lincoln turned out to be one of the greatest presidents, if not the greatest president, of the United States of America. He recognized person's worth no matter how that person may have hurt him. This is what you call "meekness."

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