General Colin Powell, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff and currently United States Secretary of State

“I’ll never forget when I was confirmed, the bishop laid his hands on my head and intoned, ‘Defend, O Lord, this child with Thy heavenly grace; that he may continue Thine forever; and daily increase in Thy Holy Spirit more and more, until he comes unto Thy everlasting Kingdom. Amen.’ These words gave me a deep assurance and every year thereafter when I heard this supplication, that feeling of God’s watching over me was reaffirmed. Along with it was a sense of needing to live up to His expectation.

“A key to leadership is the belief in and support of our Constitution and its Bill of Rights: ‘…all men are created equal…they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’ I believe in the country we live in; I believe in the fundamental goodness of people; I believe in my family; I believe in myself; I believe that God gave us life to use for a purpose.”