Once, Liu Xiu sent Geng he to attack Zhang Bu, a powerful man who occupied twelve counties in Qingzhou, Shandong Province. Zhang ban has a strong army and is a strong enemy of Geng he. Zhang Bu heard that Geng he led his troops to attack. He sent General Fei Yi and other troops to guard Lixia, zhu’a and Linzi, ready to attack. Geng he conquered zhu’a first, and then successively conquered Lixia and Linzi.
Zhang Bu got anxious and led his troops to counter attack Linzi, so he fought a bloody battle of life and death outside Linzi city. In the battle, Geng he took an arrow in his thigh, but he bravely cut off the arrow shaft with his saber and continued to fight with injuries. Liu Xiu heard the news. Personally lead troops to support. Before the reinforcements arrived, the Ministry Chen Jun thought Zhang Bu was strong and suggested a temporary truce until the reinforcements came.
But Geng he thought that he could not leave the difficulties to others. After a fierce battle, Geng he finally defeated Zhang bu. A few days later, Liu Xiu came to Linzi to comfort the army. In front of many generals, he praised Geng he and said: “in the past, Han Xin broke the calendar and created a foundation. Now the general conquered Zhu a, and the two achievements are similar. In the past, you suggested to calm Zhang Bu in Nanyang. I thought you sounded too loud at that time, I’m afraid it would be difficult to succeed. Now I know that where there is a will, there is a way!”
Where there is a will, there is a way. It means that as long as there is determination and perseverance, things will succeed in the end.