Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Once upon a time, there was a general who was leading his army into battle against an enemy ten times the size of his own.

Along the way to the battle field, the troops stopped by a small temple to pray for victory.

The general held up a coin and told his troops, "I am going to implore the gods to help us crush our enemy. If this coin lands with the heads on top, we'll win. If it's tails, we'll lose. Our fate is in the hands of the gods. Let's pray wholeheartedly."

After a short prayer, the general tossed the coin. It landed with the heads on top. The troops were overjoyed and went into the battle with high spirit.

Just as predicted, the smaller army won the battle.

The soldiers were exalted, "It's good to have the gods on our side! No one can change what they have determined."

"Really?" The general showed them the coin--both sides of it were heads.

This is an old Chinese story about fate which basically says this: Fate is in your own hands. The smaller army was able to beat the older army because they believed they would - and they took action accordingly. As a Christian I still believe the story has something useful for me, that is that I need to believe that not everything is determined ahead of time and that I am not just a powerless man, tossed helplessly upon the crashing waves of fate and destiny. It is true that God is working powerfully in my life, but it does not mean that I have no responsibility to take action and choose to think positively (and in faith) as well.


Jay Boaz said...

Heh, I wonder if the general's name was Harvey Dent...

Mark said...

Hey Jay, yeah I thought about putting a picture of Two Face up but thought that might confuse things a bit.

Lindsey Dueck said...

Suprisingly enough, I thought that too Jay. LOL.

But seriously, Mark, you have no idea how your last couple posts have directly related to things God is showing me in my life right now. It's pretty neat. I do agree with you. I think God has given us the ability to make our own decisions. I think it is important for us to take action, pray, and have faith that God will answer those prayers. Even those with faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. Just like the soldiers in the story who won the battle because they believed they would, if you believe you will recieve and have faith God will do it for you, He will.

I am still struggling with my unbelief of that statement. But the Bible says it to be true.