About Windmillfighter

I am a graduate from Boise State University and now Biola University and have started an attempt to become a modern day knight.  I have often asked myself  “What does it mean to be a knight?”  Surely it means more than wearing armor and swinging a sword.  Surely it means more than just a title.  In these journeys of my life I am finding our daily what this truly means. The journey is only more engaging now that I have a family.

It is a drive to fight, a drive to be chivalrous, a drive to be a man.  Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 10:2-5

“I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

That is what it means to be a brave knight – like the fictional character who chose to charge windmills, rescue maidens, and wear golden helmets.  A brave knight is one who fights for God’s kingdom even if it makes one look foolish.  Boy, do I look foolish… but sometimes I am just foolhardy.   Life is full of its ups and downs.  Paul writes to Timothy to:

“Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.  Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.” 2 Timothy 2:3-5

That is a scary thought!  I do know however that ‘the more one sweats in training, the less one bleeds in battle’. So this blog, for me in a training ground.  It is a place where I can engage the windmills of the world before fully throwing my gauntlet at “the Great Enchanter”.

I also contribute to The Apologers and Breathed Through Silver. Check them out too.

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2 comments

  1. It may be far from a Knight, but the qualities described herein are worth consideration in conjunction with your knighthood.

    Excellent work on “The Everlasting Man”, thank you.

    Now for the article:

    CARDINAL NEWMAN’S DESCRIPTION OF A GENTLEMAN
    • AUGUST 19, 2014
    • SAM GUZMAN

    Blessed John Henry Newman was a consummate Catholic gentleman. Reviled by many of his closest friends for converting to Catholicism, he bore insults and attacks on his character with patience and charity. Here is his description of a gentleman taken from his work The Idea of a University, published in 1854.
    Keep in mind that Newman is here describing a secular gentleman of his day and not a Catholic saint. Nevertheless, while incomplete from a Catholic perspective, his definition is still an insightful portrait of past expressions of gentlemanliness and a helpful reference point in an age when even basic courtesy is sorely lacking.
    Hence it is that it is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain. He is mainly occupied in merely removing the obstacles which hinder the free and unembarrassed action of those about him; and he concurs with their movements rather than takes the initiative himself.
    His benefits may be considered as parallel to what are called comforts or conveniences in arrangements of a personal nature; like an easy chair or a good fire, which do their part in dispelling cold and fatigue, though nature provides both means of rest and animal heat without them. The true gentleman in like manner carefully avoids whatever may cause a jar or a jolt in the minds of those with whom he is cast — all clashing of opinion, or collision of feeling, all restraint, or suspicion, or gloom, or resentment; his great concern being to make every one at his ease and at home. He has his eyes on all his company; he is tender towards the bashful, gentle towards the distant, and merciful towards the absurd; he can recollect to whom he is speaking; he guards against unseasonable allusions, or topics which may irritate; he is seldom prominent in conversation, and never wearisome. He makes light of favors while he does them, and seems to be receiving when he is conferring.
    He never speaks of himself except when compelled, never defends himself by a mere retort; he has no ears for slander or gossip, is scrupulous in imputing motives to those who interfere with him, and interprets everything for the best. He is never mean or little in his disputes, never takes unfair advantage, never mistakes personalities or sharp saying for arguments, or insinuates evil which he dare not say out. From a long-sighted prudence, he observes the maxim of the ancient sage, that we should ever conduct ourselves towards our enemy as if he were one day to be our friend. He has too much good sense to be affronted at insults, he is too well employed to remember injuries, and too indolent to bear malice. He is patient, forbearing, and resigned, on philosophical principles; he submits to pain, because it is inevitable, to bereavement, because it is irreparable, and to death, because it is his destiny.
    If he engages in controversy of any kind, his disciplined intellect preserves him from the blundering discourtesy of better, perhaps, but less educated minds; who, like blunt weapons, tear and hack instead of cutting clean, who mistake the point in argument, waste their strength on trifles, misconceive their adversary, and leave the question more involved than they find it. He may be right or wrong in his opinion, but he is too clear-headed to be unjust; he is as simple as he is forcible, and as brief as he is decisive. Nowhere shall we find greater candor, consideration, indulgence: he throws himself into the minds of his opponents, he accounts for their mistakes. He knows the weakness of human reason as well as its strength, its province and its limits.

  2. Wow! I am truly impressed and inspired by your goal. I love your work the Everlasting Man. Thank you for sharing it. I wish you all the best and hope you continue down this path. Warmest Regards!

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