“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 11:1
General George Marshall was called America’s foremost soldier during World War II, serving as chief of staff from 1939 to 1945, while building and directing the largest army in history. He was a 1901 graduate of Virginia Military Institute and worked his way up through the ranks to become the most powerful military architect during World War II.
After retiring from the military, he served as secretary of state from 1947 to 1949 under President Truman. He formulated the “Marshall Plan”, an unprecedented program of economic and military aid to the rebuilding of Europe, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize in December 1953. In 1927, Marshall became Assistant commandant of the Infantry School in Fort Benning, Georgia.
When he arrived, he found the fort in a generally run-down condition. Rather than use his rank as lieutenant colonel to issue orders for specific improvements, he simply got out his own paintbrushes, lawn equipment, and other tools; and went to work on his personal quarters. The other officers and men, first on his block, then throughout the fort, did the same thing, and Fort Benning was brightened up.
We all need godly examples to follow as we follow Christ. Today in prayer, thank the Lord for those men and women who have been godly examples to you and pray that you would be an example of Christ to others.
“God has no more precious gift to a church or an age than a man who lives as an embodiment of His will, and inspires those around him with the faith of what grace can do.” – Andrew Murray
God’s Word: “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” – 1 Peter 2:21
By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2003, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN 1 CORINTHIANS [email protected]