August 13, 2009
He entered the classroom with a flourish….short, stocky, balding, broad-faced. He was there to deliver a speech to some prep-school boys.
Pencils, and papers were readied in anticipation of hearing a great treatise from a man who literally had the ear of the world.
Striding to the lectern, Winston Churchill, faced the boys and then in a very forceful, measured manner barked out these words…
"NEVER GIVE UP…
And with that he turned and walked out of the room.
He had spoken an incredibly pivotal truth into their lives…a truth he was living himself as the Prime Minister of England…the bulldog, the leader unwilling to give in to the barrage of bombs and missiles that were devastating London and the whole land. He was not standing on popularity, but principle.
He was unwilling to give up.
And his nation followed.
And the world was rescued in time from one of the great evils yet known to history.
"Never will I leave you." (Hebrews 13:1-5)
Jesus, in the shaddow of your "never," may I today live as a courageous leader.
When the enemy taunts and pours fear all over me, trying to make me quit…..with You and me may it always be….