Character Friday – William Wilberforce

I have been busy all day today climbing up a 14,000 foot mountain, so I’ve been a little bit too busy to write a CF today, plus I’ve been on a trip (to Colorado) since Tuesday and I did not bring my computer.  I’m borrowing my mom’s to perform this function.

So since I’ve been a hiker all week, I am posting this blog’s very first Character Friday GUEST POST!  This article was written a few weeks ago by my dear friend Kattyrae over at her blog Shades of Grace (Check her out!)

William Wilberforce
 He’s the man.
Wilberforce’s live in a nutshell:
Born and raised in Hull (briefly interrupted by living with nonconformist relatives in London until the age of 12), young Wilberforce’s pastor happened to be the former slave-trader John Newton.
He attended Cambridge, where he was more of a social guy the one who studied, and met his life-long friend -the hard-studying William Pitt (who was also a pretty cool dude).
After Cambridge Wilberforce and Pitt (trying not to confuse you with their shared first names) go into politics and earn their way into the House of Commons. Wilberforce is quickly known for his talent as an orator and his tenacious ability to verbally shred his opponents. Ouch. He does not suffer fools.
After 4 years in the House of Commons Wilberforce decides to tour Europe, choosing Isaac Milner as a traveling companion. Milner was a “great conversationalist for this long trip….but on the subject of religion [Milner] was strangely serious, it was the only topic in which he was serious.” (via The Better Hour, documentary currently streaming live on Netflix…get it while you can!;] ) He told Wilberforce, “I am no match for you in this running fire, but if you actually want to have a conversation on this let me know and I’ll be glad to do it.”
On this journey they read The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul and Wilberforce started to change. He started rising early and reading the Bible, and he regretted his past. He underwent a full conversion, and resolved to completely commit the rest of his life and work to God. He was strongly considering leaving the House to pursue life as a minister, but between Pitt stepping in and a visit with Newton he is persuaded that being in the House he can do God’s work.
And so he tackles the long and tedious task of fighting for the absolution of the slave trade, finally winning in 1807, 23 years after his conversion. Brave man.
Of course there is so much more to his story, and though this is a rather long nutshell, it’s a nutshell.
Here are some characteristics of Wilberforce’s that I admire and want to gain:
Wholly surrendered to God
A heart of compassion
Going against the flow
Well spoken
Endurance through severe physical pain and countless losses
A firm Goal
A family man
Deeply rooted in God’s Word
Stunning ability with words.
And much more.
And in the extreme case you haven’t seen the movie that came out a few years back…SEE. IT.
It’s called Amazing Grace.

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