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A Robe Dipped in Blood

Story of the Day for Wednesday August 8, 2012 

 

A Robe Dipped in Blood

 

 

                Pride goes before destruction, and an arrogant attitude before a fall.

                                                  Proverbs 16:18

 

 

England did her best when they sent General Edward Braddock to the Colonies during the French and Indian War of 1754 – 1763.

He arrived in his shiny brass buttons as commander-in-chief of North America, and led two brigades through the Pennsylvania wilderness to recapture Fort Duquesne (where Pittsburgh sits today).

Benjamin Franklin met with Braddock beforehand and warned him against Indian ambushes, but the general sniffed at the suggestion that savages could intimidate his highly trained British soldiers. Franklin observed later that Braddock “had too much self-confidence” and too low an opinion of the Indians.

A Virginia militia volunteered to fight with the British, and their young, 23-year-old leader, suggested that his rangers lead the expedition, since they understood Indian tactics and were familiar with the terrain. The 60-year-old Braddock was offended: “What! An American buskin teach a British general how to fight!”

The Virginians were sent to the rear.

 

The British march was a display of pomp and military precision. One observer said, “General Braddock marched through this wilderness as if he had been in a review in St. James Park.” The general sacrificed speed for ceremony, and, as a result, the Indians easily monitored his every move.

 

As they neared Fort Duquesne, the Indian ambush caught the British off balance. The young Virginian leader urged Braddock to disperse his troops and hide behind trees — as the Indians fought. Instead, Braddock stubbornly concentrated his men in tight platoons which were decimated as quickly as they were formed.

As Braddock tried vainly to rally his disorganized troops he was shot in the chest. Later, realizing he was mortally wounded, he gave his ceremonial sash to the Virginian officer whose advice he had ignored.

That young Virginian, George Washington, reportedly wore Braddock’s blood-stained sash for the rest of his career as commander of the Colonial Army. After becoming the first president of the United States, Washington continued to wear the sash.  He would never forget that the greatest enemy to victory is pride.

 

Just as pride blinded General Braddock to the strength of his adversary, so pride blinds us to the power of sin. This is not a battle we can win on our own.  It is not even a battle we must fight.

Jesus has conquered the Enemy. He rides a white horse with a robe dipped in blood. And only the notion that you don’t need his help can keep him from bringing you the victory you long for.

(copyright by climbinghigher.org and by Marty Kaarre)

 

Trustworthy in Big and Trivial Matters

Story of the Day for Wednesday June 22, 2011

Trustworthy in Big and Trivial Matters

 

                   Whoever can be trusted in little things can also be trusted with much, and whoever is untrustworthy in little things cannot be trusted with much. 

                                                                           Luke 16:10

 We tend to think of integrity as simply being honest.  Integrity, however, goes far deeper than that.  No one can deny your honesty if you tell them you think their clothes are ugly, or that you think people from other races are inferior, or you hope somebody dies.  But honesty alone does not make you a person of integrity.

 

Integrity begins with the discernment of what is right and what is wrong.  Adolf Hitler may have been honest in thinking he was a member of the superior race.  But he was wrong.

 

Integrity also involves the willingness to do what we believe is right – even at great personal cost. Philip Delesalle was the greatest gymnast Canada has ever known.  The gymnastics world honored him in 1992 by naming a move on the pommel horse the “Delesalle.”  In his career, he has scored three perfect tens on the pommel horse.

But in the 1980s, Michael J. Pellowski, in his book, Not-S0-Great Moments in Sports, writes how Delesalle was competing in the Canadian National Championships and was unhappy with his score for his performance on the pommel horse. What makes his dissatisfaction so unusual is that the judges gave him a perfect score!  Philip did not believe his performance merited a perfect 10, so he strode to the judges’ table and convinced them to change his score to 9.85.  That made him much happier.

 

When we encounter God’s integrity, we discover we can depend on him.  He is trustworthy.  Faith involves learning to do the same. When Jesus taught about integrity, he focused on becoming trustworthy.  It doesn’t matter if it is a big deal or a trivial matter. Whoever is trustworthy in little things will also be trustworthy in big things.

 

In 1987, the Rockdale County Bulldogs basketball team won the state title.  Their victory was all the more amazing because their coach, Cleveland Stroud, dropped five of his regular players from the team for poor grades.  He was now forced to bring up players from the junior varsity to fill out the team.

Three weeks after the championship victory, school officials discovered that one of those junior varsity players was scholastically ineligible.  He only played for 45 seconds at the end of a game in which the Bulldogs were leading by 23 points.

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For Coach Stroud there never was any question of what he had to do.  He informed the Georgia High School Association of the infraction and surrendered the state trophy.

In a press conference, Stroud said that “You got to do what’s honest and right and what the rules say.  I told my team that people forget the scores of basketball games; they don’t ever forget what you’re made of.”

                                          (copyright by climbinghigher.org and by Marty Kaarre)