February 15, 1942 the fall of Singapore was announced to Britain and the world by Winston Churchill. In a 23-minute broadcast, his first in over six months, Churchill said that the loss of Singapore was a “heavy and far-reaching defeat”. Invoking Dunkirk, he called for unity and warned that only weakness of purpose “can rob the united nations of victory”. The prime minister added: “This is one of those moments when the British race can show it’s quality and its genius, when it can draw from the heart of misfortune the vital impulse of victory.”
It’s our purpose that drives us. Weakness of purpose is killing this generation. Paul said: Phil 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. More men fail for the lack of purpose than the lack of talent.
There is a story involving Yogi Berra, the well-known catcher for the New York Yankees, and Hank Aaron, who at that time was the chief power hitter for the Milwaukee Braves. The teams were playing in the World Series, and as usual Yogi was keeping up his ceaseless chatter, intended to pep up his teammates on the one hand, and distract the Milwaukee batters on the other. As Aaron came to the plate, Yogi tried to distract him by saying, “Henry, you’re holding the bat wrong. You’re supposed to hold it so you can read the trademark.” Aaron didn’t say anything, but when the next pitch came he hit it into the left-field bleachers. After rounding the bases and tagging up at home plate, Aaron looked at Yogi Berra and said, “I didn’t come up here to read.”
Purpose will give us power to get up and do something with our lives. What have you come to do today? Be sure you have some reasons, because as Churchill said, only a weaken purpose will cost you the victory.