Let us be diverted by none of these sophistical contrivances wherewith we are so industriously plied and belabored—contrivances such as groping for some middle ground between the right and the wrong . . . Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction . . . Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. — Abraham Lincoln

Great leaders share one vital trait in common: they have faith. They have a purpose they believe in. This motivates their actions and decisions. Though pressures mount, they stay committed to their goals. The more they “flex” their faith, the stronger it grows. Others catch their enthusiasm, and it quickly spreads.

President Abraham Lincoln was such a leader. Each executive decision he made served to advance his goal of preserving the United States. During the Civil War, he appointed capable commanders who upheld his vision. Many conflicts arose, but Lincoln never wavered. He flexed his faith, and others caught his vision.

Do you want to accomplish great things for God? Strive to fulfill His purpose in your life. Stay committed to this goal. When pressure mounts, flex your faith. You’ll be surprised how many people you infect with God’s vision.

I seek not for a faith that will move a mountain, but for faith that will somehow move me. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.