Of all the noble qualities that humans possess, I must say that loyalty is at the very top. The origin of the word “loyalty” meant “fidelity to law”, which was generally applicable to the level of patriotism that one had for his King or countrymen.
In a broader sense, loyalty means one’s steadfast¬ness in allegiance to a person, cause, or to one’s country. Loyalty often involves obedience, sacrifice and compassion of the heart.
A loyal per¬son is ready to sacrifice even his own life for the sake of his mentor, friend, relative or the country. A loyal person bears an extremely high level of moral character, honest outlook, and disciplined manners.
A truly loyal man cannot be bribed or tempted to deviate from his own path. He is like a stone pillar which is firm and strong to stand any force that may try to penetrate through it. He is absolutely dependable in all circumstances of life. Loyalty is a quality which is found mainly among the brave and the bold characters. Meek and weak persons are mostly found lacking in the spirit of loyalty. Loyal people can become great leaders, great commanders, or great administrators in life.
Today, we can find a number of examples of loyalty. Some fortunate folks can look to a handful of their friends, confidantes, and family members. Loyalty is also common with courageous soldiers and mentor/apprentice relationships.
One famous example of a modern day story of loyalty is that of George H.W. Bush and his best friend, James A. Baker. When Bush decided to vacate his Congressional seat and run for the U.S. Senate in 1969, he supported Baker’s decision to run for the Congressional seat he was vacating. However, Baker changed his mind about running for Congress when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer; she died in February 1970.
Baker was consumed with grief, depression, and darkness. George Bush then encouraged Baker to become active in politics to help deal with the grief of his wife’s death, something that Bush himself had done when his daughter, Pauline Robinson (1949–1953), died of leukemia. Baker became chairman of Bush’s Senate campaign in Harris County, Texas and from that point on routinely expressed the kind of loyalty that is rarely seen in the political arena.
President Bush called on his friend many times during their lives. Baker was summoned from Texas to serve on the 1988 presidential campaign committee of the president, serve in his cabinet as Secretary of State, and even assist with the first election of the president’s son, George W. Bush.
When asked by one of Al Gore’s lawyers why he would come all the way to Florida at his age to engage in the ballot fight of the 2000 presidential election, he responded with one word; Loyalty.
An ancient example of loyalty is the Biblical story of Ruth. She was one of the most famous women of the Bible. This was interesting when you realize she was not an Israelite at all, but a Moabite woman, a foreigner, an outsider. Left alone when her husband died, she had one great asset: a shrewd old Jewish mother-in-law who loved her, and whom she loved. This woman was named Naomi. Their relationship defined the very essence of loyalty.
They stuck together through thick and thin; mostly thin at first, but things got better when Ruth met Boaz, a rich man who seemed to have fallen in love with her. The rest is history. But, this ancient story illustrates how God rewards his loyal children.
All of us have loyal men and women in our lives. Remember to honor those people who have stuck with you in good and bad times. They are the blessed.