2 Timothy 2:4
Your In the Navy
Shortly after joining the Navy, the new recruit asked his officer for a pass so he could attend a wedding. The officer gave him the pass, but informed the young man he would have to be back by 7 p.m. Sunday. “You dont understand, sir,” said the recruit. “Im in the wedding.” “No, you dont understand,” the officer shot back. “Youre in the Navy!”
No Safe Battles
For the Christian soldier the price of commitment to the cause of Christ is too high only when he wants less than victory. There are no safe battlesbut there are no safe compromises either.
Elizabeth Howard was a student at Wheaton College. She had scrutinized the boys on campus and decided that there was really only one who at all interested her: Jim Elliot. He displayed a maturity and godliness that was very attractive. When the school yearbooks were handed out, Elizabeth asked Jim to sign hers, hoping that if there was any interest in her, he might indicate so in signing her yearbook. When he returned it, she rushed to her room, found his signature and read beneath it, “2 Timothy 2:4.”
Napoleons genius had been attributed to many things, but, above all, he was a superb natural leader of men. Like any wise leader he was aware that his own success would have been nothing had his men not been willing, even eager, to follow him. Obviously he could not know and personally inspire every man in his vast army, therefore he devised a simple technique for circumventing this difficulty.
Before visiting a regiment he would call the colonel aside and ask for the name of a soldier who had served well in previous campaigns, but who had not been given the credit he deserved. The colonel would indicate such a man. Napoleon would then learn everything about him, where he was born, the names of his family, his exploits in battle, etc. Later, upon passing this man while reviewing the troops, and at a signal from the colonel, Napoleon would stop, single out the man, greet him warmly, ask about his family, compliment him on his bravery and loyalty, reminisce about old campaigns, then pin a medal on the grateful soldier.
The gesture worked. After the review, the other soldiers would remark, “You see, he knows ushe remembers. He knows our families. He knows we have served.”