Pinkerton! What image does the name bring to mind? For many people the name Pinkerton is synonymous with security. During the Industrial Revolution many people moved from the farm to the city to find work. As this happened we saw a rise in crime resulting in increased demand for personal protection. Allan Pinkerton did volunteer police work in Illinois before being appointed a deputy sheriff and in 1849 became the first police detective in Chicago. Two years later he started a detective agency specializing in railroad theft cases.
Investigating a case in 1861, he became aware of a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln during the railroad trip to his first inauguration. Pinkerton warned the president elect, plans were altered and Lincoln arrived safely. During the Civil War Mr. Pinkerton launched the Union Intelligence Service, gathering information on Confederate troops along with periodically serving as Lincoln’s bodyguard. Following the Civil War Pinkerton returned to Illinois to manage his growing security agency. Pinkerton’s Inc. is now an international organization providing wide ranging protective services.
Security concerns have continued to be a major part of each of our lives far beyond what was envisioned at the time of Alan Pinkerton. Cyber-crimes, remotely capturing our credit card information and the reality of Identity Theft are a threat to people all over the world. While many of us are taking steps to enhance our own security, much more important is to look to God, relying on His promises to watch over those who trust in Him. Psalm 121:7-8 reminds us, “The Lord will keep you from all harm, he will watch over your life;the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore”.
Another critical protective effort involves guarding your mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it”. How diligent are we in practicing the things needed to protect our heart? Earlier in Proverbs 4 King Solomon says: “Hear my children, the instruction of a father and give attention to know understanding; for I give you good doctrine; do not forsake my law…. Let your heart retain my words; keep my commands and live”. You can have a profound impact demonstrating and teaching your faith to your friends, children and the world.
You can also help guard the hearts of your family, grandchildren and future generations by completing or updating your personal Estate Plan, including a Charitable Gift to your favorite ministries as part of your Will or Revocable Living Trust, to help insure that the lessons you have learned and the grace-filled words of Christ are passed on for years to come.