William Wilberforce is one of my heroes. He was a puny, sickly, British dude who became a force. His builder’s journey was not much different from any other I’ve studied in history or seen in real life. All builders believe. All builders doubt. The ones we remember, don’t give up.
His seminal work was to abolish the slave trade first and then to abolish slavery in England period. His builder’s journey took him 45 years from “aha moment,” to big victory. His big dream came to him when he was 26. He was on his death bed when he received the news that his legislation had finally made it’s way through Parliament. He would die three days later. The year was 1833. It would be nearly 30 more years before America would see the light.
Here’s a letter of encouragement sent to him after abolition had been defeated, yet again. This letter is from John Wesley, then 87, and only a couple days before his death. It was most likely John’s last letter.
Unless the divine power has raised you up to be as Athanasius contra mundum, I see not how you can go through your glorious enterprise in opposing that execrable villainy which is the scandal of religion, of England, and of human nature. Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. BUT IF GOD BE FOR YOU, WHO CAN BE AGAINST YOU? Are all of them together stronger than God? O be not weary of well doing! Go on, in the name of God and in the power of his might, till even American slavery (the vilest that ever saw the sun) shall vanish away before it.
Reading this morning a tract wrote by a poor African, I was particularly struck by that circumstance that a man who has a black skin, being wronged or outraged by a white man, can have no redress; it being a “law” in our colonies that the oath of a black against a white goes for nothing. What villainy is this?
That he who has guided you from youth up may continue to strengthen you in this and all things, is the prayer of, dear sir,
Your affectionate servant,
Taken from Amazing Grace, by Eric Metaxas.
You are designed, friend, to be a force. A force for good. Be encouraged. You have what it takes. Baby step into your big dream. Give more than you take. Keep working. Good.
Live hard. Love harder. Be a force…