In her work entitled, The Life if Abraham Lincoln, written in 1895, Ida M. Tarbell relates the story of this wonderful man. Her work was extremely popular at the turn of the century. Tarbell was encouraged to write these antidotal stories and events of Lincoln’s life to help preserve them for all who follow. American school children and adults have been encouraged by the life of this giant who rose from the depth of poverty in early Kentucky to lead his Nation through its darkest times. There is no shortage of books on the life of Lincoln. I was told by a major collector of Lincoln books, “ that more books have been written about Lincoln than anyone other than Christ, the Son of God.”
Even the shallow student of Lincoln knows he was a reader. He had an endless hunger for learning. Books were his favorite pastime. According to family and friends, he arranged the logs on the fire in such a way that they would provide more light for this future President to read. Young Abe had another passion and that was public speaking. His contemporaries said he loved to mimic the preachers. Here he learned oratory. Lincoln became the favorite of those who knew him. He was kind, considerate and always “Honest Abe.”
Why did he have such a passion to learn? His contemporaries asked the same question. The answer is recorded in Tarbell’s book. His common sense reason was, “I will go ahead and prepare maybe someday I will have an opportunity.” God gave Abe an opportunity and he rose to the occasion.
Preparation makes us ready to serve God. Like Lincoln, every one of us should prepare ourselves the best we can for the tasks God may have for us.
2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.