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When You Burn the Ships

April 18, 2011

When Cortez landed at Vera Cruz in 1519 to begin his conquest of Mexico with a small force of 700 men, he purposely set fire to his fleet of eleven ships. His men on the shore watched their only means of retreat sink to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.With no means of retreat, there was only one direction to move, forward into the Mexican interior to meet whatever might come their way.

In paying the price for being Christ’s disciple, you too must purposefully destroy all avenues of retreat. Resolve that whatever the price for being His follower, you will pay it.

Walter Henricksen, as cited in R. Kent Hughes, 1001 Great Stories and Quotes, 64.

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