Showing the Way

Showing the Way

 

Joshua was an expert tactician and famous Biblical warrior.  He was born: Hoshea (הוֹשֵׁעַ  ) son of Nun, of the Tribe of Ephraim but Moses renamed him Joshua ( read Numbers 13:16 ).  He was Moses' right-hand man and became the leader of the Israelite Tribe after the death of Moses.

Hebrew military tradition teaches Joshua's example of grace and generosity, even in battle.  In ancient times, Israelite armies would besiege enemy cities from only three sides thus leaving a clear path for an open possibility of flight ( escape ).  They understood that so long as the enemy saw that they had an opportunity to flee without loss, they would not fight with utmost earnestness and energy. 

The Art of War teaches us "Our battles are won before they are fought."  When we take these two examples of challenges we all face; we should never boast when we win.  Always stay humble and smile.  Proper training increases your ability to win; whether in the battlefield, on the streets or in a board-room.

As tournament season is fast approaching, remember to show respect, shake hands, show good sportsmanship and tell the other person "good job".  Sometimes the best way to defeat an enemy is to make a friend.

 

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