9 Lessons from William Wilberforce for Anyone Passionate About Anything

How did I not hear the name William Wilberforce until I was 26 years old? In the year 2006, some 173 years after Wilberforce died, many people, like myself, learned for the first time of his significant contribution to the world. This was made possible by a movie produced about his life entitled Amazing Grace. Wilberforce was an English politician, born in 1759 in Hull of Yorkshire. Though he was 5 feet, 3 inches tall, he was a giant in faith and compassion, who dedicated his life to ending slavery in the British Empire. I wanted to learn more about Wilberforce, so I read Eric Metaxas’ fantastic biography on Wilberforce, Amazing Grace. Every page seemed to deepen my admiration of this man, and by the end of the book, I told my wife that I now consider Wilberforce to be one of my top five greatest heroes.   In this…

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