A recent letter to the editor in the Wall Street Journal caused much reflection whilst we were tooling around Canada. After all, one does have lots of time to think when you’re driving in a country where the major cities are about a zillion miles apart.
I don’t have that issue of the Journal any more, but the man’s thought-provoking question went like this: “Isn’t it wrong to use the term ‘Warrior’ for professional athletes? Shouldn’t the term ‘Warrior’ be used just for those soldiers who go out and defend our country?” Not a bad Q for the WSJ!
Since I named my corporation “Warrior Within, Inc.” you can guess my interest, yeah? This man made a good point which my fellow veterans and any Patriot should appreciate. Even so, who is a Warrior?
Please note that I started this article by calling you “Warrior.” My answer to the question “Who is a Warrior?” is: You are. Are you saying, “No, not me!” Or “If only it were true.” Or, “Do I have what it takes?” Ponder this for a moment – your reaction reveals much. (At the risk of being rude, if your reaction is, “That’s silly!” then I gently suggest that much of life is passing you by.) (Yet again, anyone who thinks this is silly has already stopped reading!)
In the Identity Statement on this website you’ll find this:Only you know all the battles you face. Most are on the inside – Fear, anxiety, anger, feelings of inadequacy and abandonment, lust, loneliness, depression.
If you read further, you’ll find:But the Warrior Within is more powerful than those battles. The mark of a powerful Warrior is peace within, the ability to “move placidly amidst the noise and haste.” This peace only comes from winning the wars within.
You have battles to fight, they are upon you whether you wish them or not – and most of them are inside you. If you have extra padding around your tummy, you are losing a battle within. If you don’t have extra fat, then you are winning a battle. Either way, you are a Warrior whether you think you are or not – and happily, you can train so that you can will more and more battles. Stay in the fight!
I’m using belly fat as a prototype here. For politeness – this being a family newsletter and all – we’ll leave discussions of “fear, anger, lust, loneliness, depression, abandonment” and the like for another time and place. I have lived through your same battles – take comfort in the fact that what is particular to one is common to all.
The question is not, “Do you have battles?” The question is, “How powerful of a Warrior are you?” Your worth is not measured by your outward appearance, pleasant though that may be. Your worth to yourself and to your loved ones and to a needy world is measured by how well you have entered into the God-given glory within you – this is reflected by winning the battles within. This becomes your true beauty. Beauty and Glory.
On my website you will also find:
Your life began with a glory bestowed.
You were made in the image of God, and in His image you live.
Your mind, will and emotions align with His mind, will and emotions.
You are power, strength, and glory.
You are Beautiful.
Your beauty shines through your strength.
You have become what you were born to be: A Warrior.
The battles you fight within are bigger than the battles you face without. Train yourself to win the battles within and victory in the battles without will come easier. Awake your Warrior Within!
C. S. Lewis said, “Does it sound like I’m trying to weave a spell? Perhaps. But remember your Fairy Tales. Spells are used for breaking enchantments as well inducing them.”
You are a Warrior, my joy is to come alongside you, learn what you have learned, and show you what I have learned.