Adore God.

Posted: July 20, 2009 in Adore God, Category - Cultural War

Jefferson’s Advice

“He was born in Virginia on April 13, 1743. He was to become a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, the Governor of Virginia, United States Secretary of State, Vice President, and eventually the third President of the United States.

He’s remembered best as the writer of the basic draft of the Declaration of Independence. One year before he died, the 82-year-old Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to the son of his friend, Samuel Harrison Smith.

Smith had named his son after Jefferson and as a namesake. Jefferson offered young Thomas ten points to observe in practical life. Among them, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” “Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.” “Never spend your money before you have it.” “When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, to 100.”

Jefferson concluded to the young man in this way:

“This letter will to you be one from the dead. The writer will be in the grave before you can weigh its counsels.

“Your affectionate and excellent father has requested that I would address to you something which might possibly have a favorable influence on the course of the life you have to run to.

“Few words will be necessary, with good disposition on your part. Adore God. Reverence and cherish your parents. Love your neighbor as yourself and your country more than yourself.”

Thomas Jefferson died a few months after writing this letter on July 4, 1826.”


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