There's a place called Appomattox Virginia that is a very important place in the history of America. You see, at the end of the Civil War on April 9, 1865 - two powerful generals came together at the Appomattox Court House. In the original building, as you walk into the large room, there is the chair that belonged to General Lee and the chair that belonged to General Grant, and one table. When General Lee walked into the building at the end of the war, he sat in his chair across from General Grant, saying nothing to the General. General Grant thought that General Lee was being rude by not answering any questions.
Finally General Lee got up from his chair and then pulled out his blood stained sword and said, "Sir, the first order of business is that I must present to you my sword." You see, that was General Lee's way of showing he was surrendering!
I've come to realize that all of life is like a sword in the hand, and every day we have to say to General Jesus, "Here's my sword, I surrender to you today!"