The one weapon you must always take with you is wisdom.
It is the one resource that is endless and without limit. If you take wisdom with you, you will always have everything you need. In that sense the wise are never impoverished.
One of the perplexing things about wealth is that if you take on a big enough challenge, you will be overwhelmed by your sense of poverty.
When you pursue a great mission, you will inevitably feel that you don’t have enough resources for the task.
Wealth cannot secure your victory, and poverty cannot prevent it. There is no more powerful situation than to be poor with nothing but wisdom as you engage to save your city. A rich fool is not more powerful than a poor sage. Never let your lack of resources justify your lack of ambition.
Never allow the measure of your wealth to be the measure of your life.
Solomon was a man with both great wealth and great wisdom, but now he could see clearly that only great wisdom ensures the best future.
There was a time in our lives when Kim and I slept on the floor because we could not afford a bed, but this did not diminish our joy nor steal our intention. The scope of our dreams was not limited to the size of our income. In the same way, that lack of resources must not limit the battles you fight. You must not allow yourself to be paralyzed by what seem to be overwhelming circumstances.
History would tell us that one poor man could not set an entire city free.
Precedent would reinforce that this would be a ridiculous endeavor. Yet while the warrior is informed by the past, they are not formed by it.
The warrior is not formed by what has been done and what can’t be done; the heart of the warrior is formed by what must be done.
Erwin Raphael McManus is an iconoclast, artist, and cultural thought leader known for his integration of creativity and spirituality. He is the founder of MOSAIC, a church movement started in the heart of Hollywood with campuses across Los Angeles, Orange County, and Mexico City, and a global community that spans the world. Erwin is the acclaimed author of The Last Arrow, The Artisan Soul, Soul Cravings, and The Barbarian Way. His books have sold more than a million copies worldwide. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Kim.
This article was excerpted from The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace. Copyright © 2019 by Erwin Raphael McManus. Published by WaterBrook, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
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