Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from Leviticus 23-24; Mark 1:1-22
Wednesday’s: Leviticus 25; Matthew 1:23-45

General Sam Houston was governor of Texas when the people voted to secede. He wanted to remain in the Union while the nation was being torn apart with the anticipation of Civil War. President Lincoln sent a letter offering federal troops to stem the tide, so Houston sought counsel from his military leaders. One by one they agreed that even though they were all unionists, using military power to try and change the opinion of the majority was not wise. Houston stepped to the fireplace and tossed Lincoln’s letter into the flames and said, “Gentlemen, I have asked your advice and will take it. But if I were younger, I would not.” Although Houston was ultimately ousted from office, his decision prevented great bloodshed in Texas.[1]

1 Kings 12 tells a similar story in which a younger man did not take heed to wise counsel and it cost him dearly. Maturity requires seasoned experience.

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ

[1] A Pastoral Letter, Paul Powell, September/October 2007, pg. 2.