President Theodore Roosevelt was an avid outdoorsman. In 1902, he was invited on a hunting trip in Mississippi, which he was delighted to join. When hunting dogs cornered a small bear, and several hunters managed to tie that bear to a tree, the scene was set for the President to make an easy kill.
But Roosevelt refused to shoot the helpless bear.
Word of the bear’s pardon quickly spread. A Brooklyn toy store owner named Morris Mitchom came up with a great idea. He began to market stuffed bears with a picture of Teddy Roosevelt alongside them. And the name “Teddy bear” soon caught on.
The original “Rough Rider” had a tender heart. All good men do.
The Bible calls each of us to “be compassionate and humble of heart” (1 Peter 3:8).
Recovery Step: It is important to do the right thing. But it is more important to be the right person. And that begins with the heart.