Washington Inspired Devotion

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


During the American Revolution, a man dressed in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers repairing a small stronghold. Their leader shouted instructions from his horse.

The man asked the supervisor why he wasn’t helping.

He answered, “Because, sir, I am a corporal!”

The stranger apologized, dismounted, and joined the exhausted soldiers at work. When the job was complete, he turned to the corporal and said, “Corporal, next time you need more men for a job, go to your commander-in-chief, and I will help you again.”

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Too late, an arrogant corporal realized—his new workman was the beloved General George Washington. He also understood why Washington inspired devotion. A true leader is first of all a servant—in the high calling of our daily work.

"The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice."

(John 10:2-4)