Moving Into Battle
Winston Churchill was one of the great leaders in our day. He understood the Law of the Big Picture. It is said that during World War II when Britain was experiencing its darkest days, the country had a difficult time keeping men working in the coal mines.
Many wanted to give up their dirty, thankless jobs in the dangerous mines to join the military service, which garnered much public praise and support. Yet their work in the mines was critical to the success of the war.
Without coal the military and the people at home would be in trouble.
So the prime minister faced thousands of coal miners one day and told them of
their importance to the war effort, how their role could make or break the goal of
maintaining England's Freedom.
Churchill painted a picture of what it would be like when the war ended, of the
grand parade that would honor the people who fought the war.
First would come the sailors of the navy, he said, the people who continued the Tradition of Trafalgar and the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
Next would come the best and brightest of Britain, the pilots of the Royal Air Force who fended off the German Air Forces. Following them would be the soldiers who had fought at Dunkirk.
Then last of all would come the coal-dust-covered men in miners' caps. And Churchill indicated that someone from the crowd might say, "And where were you during the critical days of the struggle?" And the voices of 10 thousand men would respond, "We were deep in the earth with our faces to the coal."
It's said that tears appeared in the eyes of those hardened men. And they returned
to their inglorious work with steely resolve, having been reminded of the role they were playing in their country's noble goal of preserving freedom for the Western World.
Prayer is not the most glorious work of the Church. Friend where are you in this spiritual battle that we find ourselves in?
Would you ...
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