During church this week I asked each of our church’s children if they could tell me the definition of bold and additionally the word stupid. I got some funny responses but I also received some intuitive ones. For the word bold they responded with brave and courage. With the word stupid they said, foolish and crazy. Each of their definitions were true and insightful but they were missing one key element.
Years ago at the tender age of six, I was visiting my grandparents at their home. My sister had locked my brother and me out of the house and that had made me angry. To add insult to injury, she stood behind the storm door window and laughed and mocked me. To this day I can’t remember why I did it, but I tied a towel around my neck. In my mind I had instantly become Superman. I could now right the injustices of the world, and at that moment that included opening a locked door with a single bound. Running with my arm outstretched in front of me, I ran directly for the locked storm door. As quickly as I had begun racing toward my objective, the mission was over. With the sound of crashing glass, I had promptly placed my fist through the storm window. The door could now be unlocked.
My sister came running as did my grandfather. As shocked as they were to see the broken glass, they were more shocked that I had nary a scratch on my arm. While I suffered no injury to my hand, I can tell you however that another part of my body smarted the rest of the afternoon.
The point of my story is boldness and stupidity is separated by one thing; and that is God. History records many individuals who have claimed to have had God on their side but the results of their efforts proved otherwise.
George Washington’s private secretary was named Robert Lewis. During the first years of Washington’s presidency, he witnessed his boss’s private devotions first hand. He said they occurred both in the morning and in the evening. Seeing the President kneeling before an open Bible in the Mount Vernon library, Lewis said the President would get up each morning at 4 am to devote time in prayer.
I dare say our very nation would not have seen such early success and won key battles for it’s independence, without such a brave and principled man devoting time in seeking God’s guidance. If this formula worked so well for President Washington in forming our nation, would it not still today? I hear a lot of people say what this country needs is “bold and decisive leadership.” But if it doesn’t include God, wouldn’t that be defined as stupid?