Only a practice

“I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.” This was said by Winston Churchill when he finally took the reins of power at the time when the world needed strong leadership to deal with the threat of Hitler.

Churchill had quite a few trials and successes on his way to becoming Prime Minister but he saw his past life as practice for his assignment in the world. He did not see his Prime Ministerial position as a sign of arrival but as a pivotal role in the dispensation in which he was privileged to be alive.

True leaders in pivotal moments of history need to perceive that they were born on time, that they are needed here now, that their lives matter. They need to be able to perceive their role in shaping history. Jesus the last Adam said “for this cause was I born…” I think of Him as having a 30-year preparation for a 3.5-year assignment.

It is not pride to acknowledge that you were born for a purpose and to perceive that your experiences, your gifts, your nature, your heritage, your society, the conditions around you and the state of the world invite you to step up to the plate and play your part. You are neither the beginning nor the end but your calling is significant.

We are in no less a pivotal moment than Churchill was thrust into. Times of physical, economic, social or spiritual upheavals call for true leadership. I felt an earthquake at 4am this morning for example – these are not times for business as usual. You were born on time. Look beyond your trials and your successes and see them all as preparation for this hour and for this trial.

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