Think a minute…Of all the jobs in news and journalism, being a war correspondent is the most dangerous. Some reporters are captured as prisoners, some escape, and some die.
Young 25-year-old Leonard Spencer was a reporter for the London Morning Post. His assignment was the Boer War in South Africa. Leonard was riding a train to the frontlines of battle when suddenly there was a violent crash. The Boer army had ambushed and attacked this British train.
During the shooting, Leonard jumped out into all the bullets and exploding shells to help clear the train tracks. In fact, after the train pulled out of this trap, with many British soldiers saved, the one man who was left behind to face the enemy alone was this young newspaper reporter.
He was captured and put into the Pretoria prison, which was world famous for its high security and few escapes. Amazingly, young Leonard escaped this famous prison. Yet he still had 300 miles of enemy territory to survive and find his way through to freedom.
He walked alone for many days and nights, continually dodging enemy soldiers. Tired, hungry and thirsty, he finally reached a mining town and knocked on the door of the only British person living there. Leonard was then smuggled onto a train to the British consul and safety.
You know what’s really amazing? Leonard Spencer is not remembered for his bravery in the South African Boer War. You see, this young journalist who saved a train of British soldiers and escaped the enemy against nearly impossible odds, continued to do the impossible the rest of his life. We know him as Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, England’s brave leader and Prime Minister who helped save Europe and the world from Adolf Hitler’s evil rule.
You see, our life and character starts right now. If we don’t choose to do the right thing now, we definitely won’t choose to do it later when there’s more risk. And Jesus is the one who can give you the willpower you need to start changing now. Then you’ll start doing the right thing, no matter what it costs you. So won’t you ask Jesus to forgive you for not always choosing to live His right way? Then ask Him to take charge of your character everyday, for the rest of your life?
Just Think a Minute...