Time to Surrender

How do we know when it’s time to give up the fight? Find out in this excellent post by a fellow blogger!

Especially Made

Have you ever heard of Hiroo Onoda? He was briefly mentioned in a book I was reading. His story is quite fascinating, and curiosity naturally led me to google him to find out more. He was a Second Lieutenant in the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. But what is intriguing about his account is that he did not surrender when the war ended and held out for almost 30 years.

Harvested riceThe story goes that he was sent to the Philippines on a mission in 1944. When the war ended in 1945, he was in hiding with three other soldiers in the mountains and continuing to engage in guerrilla activities. Leaflets saying, “The war ended on August 15. Come down from the mountains!” were left by nationals but ignored by Onoda and his men. Later, leaflets were dropped from the air, including an order of surrender from a Japanese…

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About Rene Yoshi

Just a transplanted Okinawan-French Southern girl with a wee bit o' Irish, sharing photography and what I'm learning about spiritual things, including putting off legalism and religious traditions, and embracing God's matchless love, tender mercy, and amazing grace! View all posts by Rene Yoshi

7 responses to “Time to Surrender

  • Randell Bell

    Military training teaches us to fight on even against impossible odds, and that can cloud our judgment. But training from the world and its many media outlets bombard us with a false sense duty and vain attempts of holding on to values that are not God worthy or beneficial to us. Breaking out of that training can be very difficult, and requires more than desire; it requires submission to God’s Word , prayer, His Holy Spirit and examples from fellow believers. – Nice Post and thanks Rene for reposting. 🙂

    • Rene Yoshi

      Good thoughts, Randell! I think, too, that we as Christians can bombard each other with a false sense of duty and vain attempts of holding on to man-made values and traditions that are not of God, even when we think they are. I hadn’t thought of that in connection with the post until you presented an example. Thank you! 🙂

  • Randell Bell

    You are welcome Rene and I agree and have been subject to exactly what you said; fellow believers who compell you to stay on a course not set by God, but sounds like the right thing to do; it has been a very rough week and weekend dealing with past relationships; I covet your prayers 🙂

  • Ann

    All I can say is “Wow!” So much truth and things to ponder 🙂

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