Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was a part of the military in Japan during World War II. Yamamoto believed that Japan could not win a protracted war with the United States. He even seemed to believe that the Pearl Harbor attack was a blunder — even though he was the person who came up with the idea of a surprise attack. He had a famous quote after his attack on Pearl Harbor, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” Yamamoto realized something before it even happened. Even to this day America is a relatively young nation, but he knew that they were a force to be feared if united. After that day, America did something that hasn’t been seen since. We became one. The attacks on 9-11 did something similar, but not nearly to the same scale. After Pearl Harbor, every steel company, car industry, and manufacturing plant in America decided to do whatever it took to help our country win WWII. They quit making cars, steel girders, and sewing machines, and instead started making guns, ships, and ammo. The nation united together to do whatever they could to see our military succeed. What is even crazier was what happened when they put aside their own well being and decided to work towards the common goal. Unemployment in our nation dropped drastically. The average worker started making more money. All in all, our nation flourished because of the united cause.
You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out. Matthew 16:18 Message
The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, “That’s mine; you can’t have it.” They shared everything. The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them. Acts 4:32-33 Message
Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 Message