On this day in 1880, Douglas MacArthur was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. His father, Arthur MacArthur, Jr., had been a Civil War hero for the Union Army. Interestingly, both father and son were awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest and most prestigious military decoration awarded by the United States military.
Douglas MacArthur was a hero in World War I and a five-star general in World War II, where he served as the supreme commander of the Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater. On September 2, 1945, he accepted the surrender of Japan on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri.
MacArthur once observed, “There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.” General MacArthur understood that we live in an uncertain world, a world where security is hard to come by, and temporary at best. Opportunities, on the other hand, continue to present themselves throughout life. When they do, we can seize them, or not. The choice is ours…and so are the consequences.
Opportunity Knocks. The Rest is Up to Us
”Life is a glorious opportunity.”
”Great opportunities often disguise themselves in small tasks.”
“Never surrender opportunity to security.”
“Enthusiasm finds opportunities, and energy makes the most of them.”
“Real miracles are created by men when they use their God-given courage and intelligence.”
“Every man is free to rise as far as he's able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he'll rise.”
“Do it big or stay in bed.”
Today’s Bible Verse
For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.
2 Timothy 1:7 HCSB