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Welcome to the War Room

That's right - the "War Room". After much planning and significant renovations I now have a kind of space in my world that I have always desired. It is comfortable and serene and it places me in the midst of my personal library. It started out in life twenty-five years ago as a generic "Family Room". In its new manifestation it is the room of my dreams.

I didn't start this project with the intention of building a "War Room". That perception of what I was actually doing came to me only in the final stages of the project. I suppose that it requires some explanation.

No doubt there have been innumerable "war rooms" but I took my inspiration from the underground space created for Winston Churchill from which he directed the Allied initiatives in World War II. Although he was committed to war this was a secure place, detached from the raging conflict, where the progress of campaigns could be assessed and new strategies devised.

My "War Room" expands on this focus with a new vision taught by the Apostle Paul. As he explained to the people of Corinth, "We do not wage war as this world does ... We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the Knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (II Cor. 10:3 & 5)

My "War Room" is a quiet, secure space in which past initiatives, my own and those of others, can be evaluated and new ones contemplated. It is not just a safe place in which to take refuge and weather the conflict (that would make it a bunker not a war room) but rather a place from which to emerge revived to re-engage in the great struggle that is called life.

(Just a peek into one corner of the War Room.)

The War Room - Superficial Similarities

Churchill's War Room was underground. So is mine if being in the basement counts.
Churchill's War Room had a red phone. So does mine if having a red phone means anything.
Churchill's War Room was connected with the world. So is mine thanks to the Internet.
Decisions made in Churchill's War Room changed the world. Those made in mine haven't yet!