Last stands?

August 6, 2018

 

    

My friend, may I ask you a question? Are last stands something we should strive for? Is there any value in always being immovable? Perhaps it depends on where and when we choose to make that stand? Are disparate choices a good way to go?

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner

 

As a kid I grew up fascinated by the concept of last stands. The last stand at the Alamo in particular fascinated me and my boyhood friends. There was just something about the courage and the bravery involved, the fact that Americans were willing to die before giving into the “bad guys”. Every time my buddies and I built a fort or dug a ditch we fantasized about standing against the foe, being brave and standing to the last man, or boy as it were. We were inspired by our boyhood heroes like Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, Colonel Travis and the dozens of others who died standing to the last man at the Alamo Mission in 1845. Nevertheless, as I grew up and had the opportunity to study the history of the event, I learned the details of the event which did serve to tarnish the image of these heroes a bit. For examples, those boyhood heroes of mine at the Alamo should have picked a different place to defend as history tells us it was indefensible. The decision to make a stand at that little mission was a poor one. Inevitably they would all be killed and the battle lost. In that respect is the whole concept of “last standing” really that gallant when we consider the outcome? 

 

How about Christians? Are last stands something we should strive for? Is there any value in always being immovable? Perhaps it depends on where and when we choose to make that stand? Disparate choices can often turn the tide, but last stands based on wisdom and good strategy have a better stance.

 

Here’s a story: Some years ago the Japanese automaker, Mazda, was going bankrupt. Not only were their cars and trucks not selling in the US, they weren’t selling anywhere else, not even in Mazda’s home selling grounds of Japan. Mazda management was in a quandary. Design and marketing didn’t seem to be the answer. Then, in an unprecedented move, the automaker went to its assembly line employees and made a very unusual announcement. Mazda’s president told the employees: “We’re sending you out to the showrooms across Japan. Production is suspended. You’re going to sell Mazdas.” These were people from the assembly line, men and women clerks from the offices, but they all went out, 5000 of them, to sell Mazdas. It was Mazda’s last stand. They alone, through persevering and determination to save their jobs, salvaged Mazda and gave the automaker new life. (Source Unknown) 

 

The Bible tells us that God knows our needs even before we ask him in prayer. The question is, then, why doesn’t he just do it and save us the effort of standing fast? Well, the key is in both the asking and the persevering. God wants you and I to learn how to persevere, to take that “last stand” in the face of all odds, in order to become a determined Christian. For when he does bless and we have shown determination in obtaining that blessing, his compassion and mercy will truly be meaningful to us. That’s one last stand when the good guys always come out on top.

  

We pray. Heavenly Father, sometimes its our nature to charge into life in the hope that we will be able to do good things. That may be brave, but sometimes the results aren’t as good as we thought they might be. Forgive us Father when we take a stand and haven’t taken our challenge to you in the first place. Taking a stand is great, but outcomes do matter, don’t they Lord? In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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