DayBreaks for 04/24/12 – The Worst Things Are Not the Last Things

DayBreaks for 04/24/12 – The Worst Things Are Not the Last Things

From Taps to Reveille...

Winston Churchill had planned his funeral, which took place in Saint Paul’s Cathedral. He included many of the great hymns of the church, and used the eloquent Anglican liturgy. At his direction, a bugler, positioned high in the dome of Saint Paul’s, intoned, after the benediction, the sound of Taps, the universal signal that says the day is over. But then came the most dramatic turn: As Churchill instructed, as soon as Taps was finished, another bugler, placed on the other side of the great dome, played the notes of Reveille – “It’s time to get up. It’s time to get up. It’s time to get up in the morning.” That was Churchill’s testimony that at the end of history, the last note will not be Taps; it will be Reveille. The worst things are never the last things.

It’s been a long week for you already – and it’s just about Tuesday, not Friday!  You may be worn out.  You may be despairing.  You may not see hope for the future.  Just remember: the worst things are never the last things, for we will “get up in the morning” of glory!

PRAYER: For the hope that never dies, for the expectation of the coming morning of glory, we rejoice and give you our praise!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 11/03/11 – Faces to the Coal

DayBreaks for 11/03/11 – Faces to the Coal

Faces to the coal...

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:17

During the dark days of World War II, England had a great deal of difficulty keeping men in the coal mines. It was a thankless kind of job, totally lacking in any glory. Most chose to join the various military services. They desired something that could give them more social acceptance and recognition. Something was needed to motivate these men in the work that they were doing so that they would remain in the mines.

With this in mind, Winston Churchill delivered a speech one day to thousands of coal miners, stressing to them the importance of their role in the war effort. He did this by painting for them a mental picture. He told them to picture the grand parade that would take place when VE Day came. First, he said, would come the sailors of the British Navy, the ones who had upheld the grand tradition of Trafalgar and the defeat of the Armada. Next in the parade, he said, would come the pilots of the Royal Air Force. They were the ones who, more than any other, had saved England from the dreaded German Luftwaffe. Next in the parade would come the Army, the ones that had stood tall at the crises of Dunkirk.

Last of all, he said, would come a long line of sweat-stained, soot-streaked men in minor’s caps. And someone, he said, would cry from the crowd, “And where were you during the critical days of the struggle?” And then from ten thousand throats would come, “We were deep in the earth with our faces to the coal.” We are told that there were tears in the eyes of many of those soot laden and weathered faced coal miners. They had been given a sense of their own self-worth by the man at the top. Service does not always come with big fancy ribbons. And I think it is forever true, that humble acts of service provide us with the deepest sense of joy and the most fulfilling satisfaction.

You may feel that you are working in the coal mine while everyone else is in the sunshine receiving glory.  Some are called to be pastors, some evangelists, some teachers…some mothers, some clerical workers, some helpers.  They are all essential.  They all perform a vital service in His kingdom, if they choose to do so.  The older I get, the more convinced I am that it isn’t so much what you do, but the attitude you do it with, that either makes our work pleasing and glorifying to Him or not.

How’s your attitude today about your work?

PRAYER: Lord, help us have the attitudes about our work and vocation that see it as all being of service to you and your creation.  Keep us from the discouraged, frustrated spirit that causes us to be ungrateful for what you’ve given us to do, or that might lead us to be envious and jealous of others to whom you have chosen to give the “great” tasks!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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