Power

DSC_0192The ability or capacity to act, do, or accomplish

The lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness. Eric Fromm

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. Lao Tzu

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be. Thomas Jefferson

Most of us want to use our life for good and to think that we have made some kind positive difference. We do some good, some harm, and often are somewhere in the middle. Throughout our lives we will find ourselves in situations where we are likely in positions of some power or influence. What we do impacts others as well as ourselves. In situations from raising our own children, organizations we belong to and people we associate with, are opportunities for us to use personal power and influence. We must learn to be good stewards of such power.
The concept of power carries some negative connotations. Many people lust for it; will do anything to get it, get addicted to it, and eventually become corrupted by it. Those in positions of power must be on constant guard against being overwhelmed by it, and then abusing it. We should use our personal power and powers given to us by others for good and worthwhile purposes. The more power we have, the more we are position to use it for harm as well as for good. There is an increased responsibility for us to do the right thing. We must avoid taking advantage of others and promoting our own interests. All of us are subjected to many bad examples of those who abuse their power; governmental leaders, military, teachers, company executives, and others. We are greatly turned off by bad examples and hypocrisy. This should motivate us to set good examples whenever we use our own power, from influencing our own children to a stranger we may meet on the street.
The more we engage ourselves in personal growth and development, the more personal power we will acquire. There is a twofold aspect to this. As we increasing hold ourselves accountable to higher standards, we grow in strength, purpose, and power. The more we are able to control and discipline ourselves, the more we can do and accomplish. In addition, to growing our own personal power, we will have increasingly opportunities to use our power to do things involving other people. True power comes from the inside out. When we truly understand this and put these principles to work within us, we grow stronger and more secure. We will find ourselves with increased opportunities to use our power to do good things not only for ourselves but for others as well.

Challenge: Be aware of your personal power. Use this power to grow and develop yourself into an even better person. As you do this, you will acquire more strength and confidence. This happens from the inside out. As you grow stronger inside, increased power manifests itself on the outside as well. Be a good steward of your power and ability to influence. Be an ever increasing good and positive influence on those around you.

Wisdom: We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace. William Gladstone

Spiritual: (NIV)
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

God gives us power to overcome and resist the temptations of this world. In his power we can have victory. We will always be tempted to be corrupted by the acquisition of power and the opportunity to yield power over others. It is a major weakness within us. By ascribing to the precepts of the Golden Rule and by asking God to make us aware of our true motives; He will enable us to be good stewards of the powers we are given.

Prayer: Help me to be a good steward of all the talents, abilities, and opportunities that you provide me.

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