One of World War II’s most admired generals was Omar Bradley. Born in a log cabin near Clark, Missouri, he was raised by his schoolteacher father, John Bradley. He was such a bright young man that his Sunday School Superintendent recommended that he apply for West Point. He placed first in the competitive exams and received an appointment from his congressman to enter the Military Academy in 1911.
By the time he graduated from West Point, World War I was over, and Bradley was troubled by the fact that he did not get to serve overseas in the war. So when Wold War II began, it looked like he might miss being on the battlefield again. But he was not about to let that happen. So he received an assignment to Europe and eventually took command of the US Army Group, the largest single command ever held by an American general officer. He was promoted to 5-star General in 1950. He was best known to his troops as, “The Soldier’s General” because of his care of and compassion for those under his command.
General Bradley was once quoted as saying: “We are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.” In this saying General Bradley is pointing out the crucial difference between patience and procrastination. Being patient involves strength of character and trust in the things we know, believing they are working out for our good whether they meet our exact expectations or not. But procrastination evinces a weakness of character and lack of trust because we’re not sure of what we know, and unsure if it will work out exactly the way we want.
This is important in life, especially when it comes to education, employment, promotion, marriage, savings, planning for retirement, etc. But it is most critical when it comes to our spiritual life. Young Samuel in the Bible was blessed in that God called his name more than once before he realized who was talking to him. However, had he not bothered to go to the high priest each time, thinking it was him, he would have never found out that it was actually God calling him for a special reason.
So the question must be asked, “How many times have you heard God’s Spirit speak to you, and why have you not bothered to find out what He wants?” God does not call unless He has a special reason. So if you haven’t answered yet, I think today would be a good day to start before it ends up being too late. As General Bradley said, we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act and find out. – Dr. Robert R Seyda