As I was driving to work this morning I was thinking on a word for the Day…. As most use the word, “Wonderful” for Wednesday, I did not want to be the same as everyone else. I thought about it for a while and the word, “Warrior” came to my mind. I have thought about this on and off through out the day and have done a little search on it as well.
According to the Webster Dictionary the word Warrior means:
a person engaged or experienced in warfare; broadly : a person engaged in some struggle or conflict poverty warriors
The word was first used in the 14th century
2. a person who fights in battles and is known for having courage and skill
3. a person who is or has been in warfare
One article that I found was speaking about a great warrior, who was a Sioux chief, Sitting Bull. It mentioned how he did not believe that a warrior was someone who knew how to fight.
To the common folk like myself without really thinking about it this statement seems unusual and odd. This is not what we believe that the definition of a warrior is. When I personally think of Warrior I am thinking of someone who is willing to battle for a great cause bigger than oneself. I think of someone with battle scars. A man or woman who is ready to fight the enemy at a moments notice. One who is willing to lead the front line on the battle field. A Warrior is the one who puts up a good fight till the end, victorious or not, they fought the good fight.
But to really think about what Sitting Bull meant by a warrior is not the person that fights makes us take a closer look at the true meaning of not just what a warrior is but Who a warrior is.
A warrior for the Sioux is someone who is willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of others. Their task in life is to care for the elderly, the defenseless, those who cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.
A Warrior is not just the person but a way of living….
They live by a code of ethics and morals. They stand up for what is right and just. They live a life of honor, integrity, courage, valor, servant-hood, and one of good character.
Another example that we can look at as a warrior is back in the medieval times when the king would appoint a new knight in his kingdom realm. A knight would pledge his loyalty and fight for that king to his death most of the time. They lived by a code of conduct and held themselves accountable to the highest standards.
A Warrior can be in many different areas of our lives. We are warriors but not everyone will go to the front line to battle what is ahead. Are we as warriors living up to the true and full meaning of who a warrior is? I know that as we go through this battle of life we can either fight for the good or the bad. Which ever side we choose the battle is raging on. Will we take courage? Will we live a life of honor? Integrity? Valor? Servant-hood? Good Character? Will be the Lead on the Front Line in the Battle?