Amos Lawrence, a buisnessman and philanthropist of the 1700’s, was a man of principle, faithfulness and self-control. Regardless of where he was or who he was with, He continually chose to deny himself the pleasures that would ultimately lead to trouble, even if they seemed acceptable at the time.
At one place, where he worked, they broke up at 11:00 for a drink each day. “After four weeks,” He recalled, “I found myself admonished by my appetite of the approach of the hour for indulgence. Thinking the habit might make trouble if allowed to grow stronger… I declined partaking with them.” Although a legal indulgence, Lawrence knew and accepted his limits before it became a bad habit.
When Lawrence became a businessman, he never went to bed without a business deal recorded in his journal or enjoyed a weekend with an account unsettled. Faithfully, he also wrote to his brother, a business partner, sisters and his children. Although it would have been easier to write, he chose to do what was harder and write consistently to his loved ones.
Amos Lawrence was a man who not only confirmed his beliefs in his personal life, but took his convictions out into his business. When offered a partnership in a bank, Lawrence refused because the bank’s principles didn’t line up with his own personal standards. Only a few months later did that same bank go bankrupt.
So that’s all very well for a man who lived 200 odd years ago… how does that apply to us personally today? As Amos Lawrence advised his son, “Analyse more closely the tendency of principles, associations, and conduct, and strive to adopt such as will make it easier for you to go right than go wrong.” In our life, although hard-going, we should strive, and not compromise to be comfortable, to develop character habits and construct a strong foundation on the author of all those traits: Jesus Christ.
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:11,12