It was the longest inaugural address by any president of the United States. And it led to the shortest term of office for any U.S. president.
William Henry Harrison was elected president in 1840. He took the oath of office on March 4, 1841, a cold and wet day in Washington. Harrison was the oldest man to become president (until Ronald Reagan in 1981) and wanted to be seen as healthy and strong. He rode on horseback during the inaugural parade and didn't use an overcoat or hat. He read every word of his 8,445 word address, taking almost two hours to do so.
Within a few weeks, Harrison would die of pneumonia.
Who are you trying to impress? Do you worry about what others think of you? Do you do certain things so that people will see you as a good person?
Jesus said, "Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven" (Matthew 6:1). It's a temptation that we all face, wanting to look like something that we aren't.
Just remember, others may be impressed by the things they see you do, but God sees your motives and your intentions.
People look at the outside; God examines the heart.
Rather than trying to impress those around you, put your time and effort into doing the things that God would have you do. Don't do it to try and get something in return; make pleasing God your goal.
Here are some simple suggestions:
- Study God's Word to learn the things that please him.
- Pray, asking for help to live a godly life.
- Join with others who are trying to live the way God wants.
Don't worry about pleasing people or trying to be something that you're not. Focus on becoming the person God wants you to be.
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