I talked in my sermon last Sunday about how our Lord gives all of us disciples a job to do. We’re all on a mission. We’re all “sent” by God to do something, just as John the Baptist was sent. That mission may only be to glorify God in the midst of adversity.
As I said, I struggle with glorifying God. More often than not, I can’t do it without also wanting glory for myself. This is why I found the movie The Gallant Hours, which I referred to on Sunday, so helpful to me.
In the first clip below, Admiral Halsey, alone among his staff, believes that their recent mission to defend Guadalcanal was successful. Why? Because, humble though it was, they accomplished their objective—to fight the Japanese to a standoff. For Halsey and his men, this objective couldn’t be less “glorious” for them.
Most of life’s battles, large and small, are no better than a standoff. But we remember our objective: to glorify God.
In the second clip, Halsey talks one of squadron commanders out of resigning from the command, reminding him that “there are no great men.”