Sunday, April 18, 2010

Of Actual Power

Some people believe they are powerful because they can make others obey them. Or because banks are full of their money. Personally, I believe we are powerful when we--and God--can make ourselves behave. From the heart.

We are powerful when we can forgive the big, hurtful stuff.

We have power when we don't just pass along tons of negative, complaining 'forwards,' but rather, ones which teach and illustrate how to change. And when we go out and change the world, rather than sit at the computer condemning it.

We're powerful when we praise God rather than whine.

We are powerful when we show genuine, quick mercy toward people who misunderstand and malign our email, blog post or Facebook status.

We have great power when we truly love the unlovely, whether they live on the street, in our neighborhood or in The White House.

We are powerful when we practice what we preach, even when so few are watching. Especially when we're home with just the family.

We're powerful when our tongue pauses before it speaks, waiting for right words, rather than just saying whatever it feels like.

We are powerful when we are content with what God has given us Today, not moaning to our spouse about all we wish we owned.


1 Timothy 6:6

"But godliness with contentment is great gain."

1 Peter 3:10

"For he that will love Life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile..."

Proverbs 18:21

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof."


Sara said...

i need a "love" button. beautiful.

Pat said...

I agree with my daughter....beautiful.
Filled with Praise, filled, with power, filled with glory!

Patty H. said...

I agree with Sara! Thank you for this post!!

Judy said...

True that!