I’ve always liked the poem by William Wordsworth titled “Character of the Happy Warrior.” Though not intended, it is an appropriate charge to Christians who seek God’s strength in their efforts to engage winsomely.
Here are a few poignant verses:
Who is the happy Warrior? Who is he
That every man in arms should wish to be? …
Who high endeavors are an inward light
That makes the path before him always bright …
Who, doomed to go in company with Pain,
And Fear, and Bloodshed, miserable train!
Turns his necessity to glorious gain …
Finds comfort in himself and in his cause;
And, while the mortal mist is gathering, draws
His breath in confidence of Heaven’s applause:
This is the happy Warrior; this is He
That every Man in arms should wish to be.
As the leader of Focus on the Family, I’ve always seen my role as something akin to the happy warrior. My mood is generally upbeat and optimistic. Even when news reports are discouraging – a daily occurrence – I tend to be optimistic because, to borrow a line from the old Christian spiritual: “He’s got the whole world in His hands.”
As a result, I’m confident about tomorrow because I know the One in whose hands tomorrow rests.