So, I know I’ve been off of here for about a month, and I’m sorry for that, but we have been so cotton pickin’ busy! I am in the process of working on the blog posts that cover what all happened during the month of May. In the meantime, however, I would like to share a school paper that Josiah wrote recently.
Many people have asked themselves what honor is, but only few could put what they felt into words.
“No man was ever rewarded for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
How true is that?
Good men don’t become legends.
Good men don’t need to become legends. They just do what’s right anyway.
A keen sense of ethical conduct
So, what is honor?
Honor is being true to character. If you’re a servant, serve. If you a soldier, fight. If you’re a protector, protect. If you’re a gentleman, be there. ALWAYS. No exceptions. No excuses. Serve. No, you may not be a soldier on the front, but you can be a soldier for those you love. No, you may not win a war, but you can win a heart. If you need to lay down your life for someone else, do it remembering that it’s more important that they live. That’s honor to me.
Here are two examples that demonstrate honor:
- Sir Gareth, knight of the round table.
He came to King Arthur court, and though he was treated bad, did not complain. On his first adventure as a knight, he followed a lady that was in need and even though she treated him bad, fought the battles she couldn’t fight. Young men, God created us with the purpose of protecting, fighting for, and serving those around us.
- Jesus Christ, Lord of heaven and earth:
Do you think it was easy dying on the cross for us? You bet it wasn’t! It was bloody. It was gory. It was messy. It was drawn out. It was PAINFUL. We’re humans; we don’t like to suffer. It isn’t easy to die, take it how you want it, it’s not easy to die. Even Jesus had to fight his own will when he rode death to the grave. He could’ve called angels from heaven to come down, swinging swords. He could’ve called lightning or plague. With one word he could’ve killed every person on the scene. But he didn’t. HE didn’t. Why? He was devoted. We need to take example from Jesus, the ultimate gentleman.
In my life there has been one man that has made an impression on my life like none other… my father. In all my life he has never abandoned hope over me, never stopped trying to teach me something new, he has always given me what I need, always been there when I need him, and because of this, we have triumphed.
“The world is full of men who want to be right, when actually the secret of a man’s strength and his pathway to true honor is his ability to admit fault when he has failed. God wants to fill the church with men who can say they are wrong when THEY ARE WRONG. A man who is willing to humble himself before God and his family and say: “I was wrong.” will find that his family has all the confidence in the world in him and will much more readily follow him. If he stubbornly refuses to repent or admit he was wrong, their confidence in him and in his leadership erodes.” – Jim Anderson
Young men, I speak to you in this moment. Each one of you has a circle of influence, are you known as a jerk, a fool? Are women more gentlemanly than you? Do they give more than you? If so, you are not a gentleman. If so, you have no honor. Instead, you are a horror to those around you. But there is good news as well, you can be a gentleman. But let me warn you, it won’t be easy, there will be times that you must get your hands dirty.
Be the shoulder to cry on. Be the one who carries another so that that person does not get their shoes wet. Be the one who stands in front of the beaten, taking all the blows knowing that you’re stronger and can take them. Don’t laugh when someone falls, help them up. Don’t ignore the cry of the weakling. But overall, walk with God. And remember someone out there needs your help.
I was slightly shocked (although I shouldn’t be) that my little brother wrote something so deep. I told I wanted to share this with you all, and he gave his permission. It made me think, and I hope you all enjoy it.
What is honor for you? I hope this paper makes you think!
Have a blessed day!