Rules for Living

James Garfield

James Garfield

James Garfield was president of the United States, but he was also a preacher. When Garfield was a young man, an elderly friend reportedly gave him the following rules. He cherished these principles to the end of his life. Perhaps they will help you.

  • Never be idle.
  • Make few promises.
  • Always speak the truth.
  • Live within your income.
  • Never speak evil of anyone.
  • Keep good company or none.
  • Live up to your engagements.
  • Never play games of chance.
  • Drink no intoxicating drinks.
  • Good character is above everything else.
  • Keep your own secrets if you have any.
  • Never borrow if you can possibly help it.
  • Do not marry until you are able to support a wife.
  • When you speak to a person, look into his eyes.
  • Save when you are young and spend when you are old.
  • Never run into debt unless you can see a way out again.
  • Good company and good conversation are the sinews of virtue.
  • Your character cannot be essentially injured except by your own acts.
  • If anybody speaks evil of you, let your life be so that no one believes him.
  • When you retire at night think over what you have done during the day.

Did you notice that these principles for living are all solidly grounded in Scripture? You can’t go wrong when you base your life on the teachings of the Bible!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”—2 Timothy 3:16-17.

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