President Ronald Reagan had a clear sense of his life’s purpose: the elimination of Communism. He desired to lift totalitarian oppression from millions of people who were suffering under its ideology and policies. His purpose became his passion, and it influenced his thinking, his pursuits, and his foreign policies as president of the United States. Unlike previous American leaders, he believed that Communism not only could be contained, but that it could also be defeated.
Reagan said, It is time that we committed ourselves as a nation—in both the public and private sectors—to assisting democratic development….What I am describing now is a plan and a hope for the long term—the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people….Let us now begin a major effort to secure the best—a crusade for freedom that will engage the faith and fortitude of the next generation.
For the sake of peace and justice, let us move toward a world in which all people are at last free to determine their own destiny.
Like Winston Churchill, Reagan became the leader of his country late in life, but everything he experienced and accomplished up to that point seemed to prepare him for his final and essential role. Reagan believed in his purpose so much that he inspired not only his nation, but also the world, and he lived to see the collapse of Communism.
Father, please give me a clear sense of my vision. Help me to keep that vision as the guiding purpose of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: When your purpose is your passion, it influences your thinking and your pursuits.
Reading: Job 41–42; Acts 16:22–40
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional (Myles Munroe)