When Fiorello La Guardia was mayor of New York City (1933-1945), he hung above his desk in City Hall a pronouncement by Abraham Lincoln. Interestingly, General MacArthur had a copy of it hanging over his headquarters desk during World War II, and Winston Churchill had a framed copy of it on the walls of his study at Chartwell:

            If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how-the very best I can, and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything, If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.

            We sometimes forget this life is temporal and what standards we set for ourselves is the standards we are judged by. If we give the best we have and fail, we know within our hearts we did our best. If we don’t do our best and fail, we know in our hearts we were lagging. If we don’t give our best and yet succeed, are we satisfied with our honors?

            Looking at the words that sat above these great men’s desk, hung upon their walls, which gave them daily inspiration in times of great trials; tells us all, they lived by conviction. Their decisions affected the lives of millions in time of War and conflict, in times of turmoil and disorder. Yet, they stay the course, and continued the fight, determined to the bitter end. They were less concerned about what folks said behind their backs, than the outcome of their endeavors.

            You might be thinking we’re not in a grand battle for the sake of humanity, so all this really doesn’t matter. You couldn’t be more wrong if that’s what you’re thinking. God’s people are in a battle with the spiritual realm each and every day. You are the men and women on the front lines of the War to end all Wars. Each decision we make affects the lives of perhaps millions and just as the masses were mostly unseen by the leaders of great conflicts, they’re unseen to us today but it doesn’t change the fact.

            Scripture tells us to put on our big-boy pants and drop our phony façade of religion and get real with Christ. Time is short, the battle is here, it’s time we become the true leaders we were selected to be. If we’re wrong, ten angels saying we were right, won’t amount to anything, but If we stand behind Christ, we can’t go wrong.


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