When a Good Man Goes to War

There's an episode of Doctor Who called A Good Man Goes to War.  In it The Doctor is set on rescuing his best friend.  There's obviously so much more than just that in the episode, but if you boiled it down to the soul of it, he's searching and fighting for his friend.

During a part of the episode there is a poem that is read in a voice-over.

Demons run when a good man goes to war

Night will fall and drown the sun 

When a good man goes to war 

Friendship dies and true love lies 

Night will fall and the dark will rise 

When a good man goes to war

Demons run, but count the cost 

The battle's won, but the child is lost 

When a good man goes to war

This poem has always resonated with me.  I've not been able to put my finger on it, but it's just stuck out to me because the phrasing of "a good man" going to war just sounds so powerful to me.

And then I read a comment on Tumblr the other day and it offered the following advice (slightly altered to remove profanity):  Even the nicest people have their limits, don't try to reach that point because the nicest people are the scariest when they've had enough.

And then it clicked into place inside of me.

Even in my own dad I saw this example.  He is smart and caring and kind and devoted.  He is a good man.  Which is why he's not set off by trivialities.  He doesn't get involved in drama or feuds or petty arguments.  But if you go against what he stands for, he is fearsome.

Demons run when a good man goes to war.  

Think about that for a minute.  Demons run when a good man goes to war.  When a good man goes to war, he is unstoppable.  A good man doesn't go to war unless it's something that truly matters to him because he knows that if a war is worth fighting, it's worth dying for.

Let this be a lesson to us in how we speak, act, and behave towards others.  If you spend your days fighting trivial battles then someday when you step into war, no one will tremble.  If you spend your energy fighting little battles, how will you make sure you have enough reserves to fight the war?

If we want our words and actions to have meaning, we have to be a person of meaning.  These things can only be set apart if we, ourselves, are set apart as well.


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Ashley Harris Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a teenager, and a pre-schooler.