Another Appointment

President James A. Garfield

It is said that on President Garfield’s first Saturday in Washington as president, one of his advisors insisted that a meeting must be held the next morning in order to avert a national crisis. Garfield refused to schedule the meeting, saying that he had another obligation. The advisor then suggested that the potential crisis was of such grave importance that the president should cancel his appointment. Garfield refused. Then the advisor asked what appointment was so important that it could not be broken. Garfield replied, “I will be as frank as you are. My engagement is with my Lord to meet him at his house and at his table at 10:30 tomorrow, and I shall be there.”

The president was there. He kept his appointment with God. The national crisis passed and the country survived. President Garfield was found faithful to his higher obligation.

It is a matter of keeping our priorities in order. When we put God first, everything else will work out. Keep your appointment with him each Sunday.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt.6:33).

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