I was told a story about a Warrior and a King. A soldier back from a long journey, after losing many of his comrades to the enemy and the elements, requested an audience with the King. The soldier was enraged by the orders that left his dearest friends to be buried by the falling snow. Clutching his sword he made his way to the Grand Hall for his meeting with the King.
As he approached the ancient doors, the Queen exited the Hall. With a woman’s intuition she examined the lonely soldier. She stopped him, kissed his hand and wept upon his sleeve. The soldier realized in the pain of loss, he was not alone. He released his sword and removed his helmet as he entered the Hall of the King. He found the King upon the throne, but his crown had fallen to the floor, and his robes were soaked with tears. When he saw the face of the lonely soldier the King fell to the ground to mourn. Our humble King asked for forgiveness and explained his error in judgment. Our soldier learned a great lesson that day for he had prepared for a duel with a Warrior, but was humbled in meeting his King.
When we approach a leader in conflict, we will either be searching for understanding or seeking to criticize their judgment. In doing so, we will either be speaking to the Warrior or the King. When approaching this leader with a humble spirit we will be speaking to the noble King. He will be the understanding, collected, and empathetic leader who cares for his people and acts in their best interest. He will outstretch his hand and his wisdom to anyone who seeks it, and he will be a man who desires to serve. However, if we approach the same leader with an attitude of criticism, resentment, or condemnation we will undoubtedly be speaking to the Warrior.
With his hand on his sword and the other clutching his shield, he will defend himself and his actions against any attack, because our great King is also a great Warrior. He will block all attacks and strike swiftly with the strength of the ages and without compassion he will leave all opposition defeated in his wake. If defeated, he will fight until he cannot any longer, with all the heart a true Warrior possesses. So we must be aware of the spirit in which we approach our leaders and other persons of authority, because this will determine whether we dine in the Royal Hall or enter the Coliseum as a Gladiator.