Senior Living - January 8

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Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. --James 4:7

Shortly after the Civil War, General William T. Sherman's army was scheduled to march in a victory parade in [City Name, State].

The night before the parade, Sherman called General Oliver Howard to his room and said, "General, you were at the head of one of the divisions that marched with me through Georgia, and you should rightfully ride at the head of your division in the parade tomorrow. However, I've been asked to let the general who preceded you in command represent the division."

General Howard replied, "With all due respect, sir, I think I am entitled to represent my division, since I led them to victory."

Sherman said, "Yes, you are. But I know you're a Christian, and I was wondering if you would yield your rights for the sake of peace."

Quickly, Howard responded, "Of course I'll yield."

"All right," General Sherman said, "I will arrange so, and I want you to report to me in the morning at 9:00 a.m. You will be riding with me at the head of the parade."

General Howard's willingness to yield his position to his commander led to an even greater position of honor. Just the same, God blesses those who are completely submitted to Him. Psalm 51:17 says, "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Pray that God would give you a submissive spirit, so that you can fully be used by Him.

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