Thursday, January 21, 2016

Might and Strength that Endures / #socialentrepreneurship #dotherightthing #begood #befierce

“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee; she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine headman ornament of grace; a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.”

Proverbs of Solomon 4:5-9

  • How do we change a culture to ensure that powerful forces are used benevolently to serve people and their communities? 
  • What is might and strength good for if it is not used benevolently? 
  • Can it become a hindrance if not used purposefully to do the will of nation-states and its peoples and to operate under God’s universal law written in our hearts to do that which is right and fair? 

Surely, might and force has been used in ill-advised ways by individuals, organizations and entire countries to steal by force, to fix systems and to wage wrong wars. When exercised in this fashion, might and strength become a detriment to humanity. It becomes something that needs to eventually be subdued, like Sir Winston Churchill raising the will of a depleted and worn-down country to turn the tide against Hitler’s dream of having a master race. Hitler wanted to do so at the expense of exterminating those he deemed unfit to live. In India, a man meek and mild to the eye was able to move hearts and minds to expel a colonial empire from its shores without throwing a punch or firing a gun. What kind of force did this man wield? What kind of might did he flex?

Might and strength is a sword and the one with his or her hand on the hilt wields its power.

  • Can ordinary folk like you and I wield power? 
  • Do we have to wrestle it out of the hands of others or do we have dormant potential power in us ready to be put into motion, like currents moving across the seas?
  • Did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. first have to find power and take it by force?

Each of us is more powerful than we code ourselves to believe. Turn your television off sometimes and be with your thoughts. What does our heart and mind say now? Has it been knocking on your door for a while? How will you channel the thoughts and feelings that surge up to the forefront of your heart and mind? Will you listen or will you turn and look the other way?

No one is perfect and we all make mistakes. I have made many. By rededicating myself to God’s will I subdue my own will and strive to grab hold of wisdom and understanding. I like to think that a culture is changed by winning hearts and minds, instead of enforcing my will on others. That is the might and strength that is long-lasting and places the empowerment of others before one’s own desires.

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