In 1844, Alexandre Dumas published Les Trois Mousquetaires or, as we know it, The Three Musketeers. Ironically, The Three Musketeers is a historical and adventure novel about four swashbuckling heroes who lived during the 17th and early 18th centuries.
The story begins when D’Artagnan arrives in Paris in his quest to join the Musketeers of the Guard. He eventually finds himself in three duels with the three musketeers Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, through a series of unforeseen circumstances. As their story unfolds, the men somehow find themselves fighting together against a common enemy.
Throughout the novel, we discover each man’s strengths and weaknesses. One comes from an aristocratic background with a sketchy past. Another is an angry drunk with an appetite for brawling, and the last, a womanizer. D’Artagnan is also flawed, and we discover all their flaws as we follow them on their quest.
Despite their shortcomings, they are master swordsmen and a part of a select few designated for service to the King. Becoming a Musketeer is a long process of training and teaching. Also, they honorably try to adhere to a code of conduct and virtues. Exemplifying this code is their well-known motto, “All for one and one for all.”
Unfortunately, today many men live more by the motto, “All for one and one for none.” We tend to focus on the new age ideology of “WIIFM” or “What’s in it for me?” However, scripture teaches us that as King’s men, our life should not focus only on ourselves but rather, serving others.
Today take the time to evaluate your life’s motto and how it aligns with the word.
Answer and Journal the Following
Read and meditate on Philippians 2:4-8.
What is your life’s motto and how does it align with God’s word? Pray and ask God for guidance.
Meditate / Memorize:
Select a verse and draft up a motto for your life in accordance with God’s word. Determine how you will live this out alongside other men.
Share what you’ve learned with someone else.