Think, to give Love Strength
God calls on us to Love our neighbor as our ourselves. Our country has suffered numerous acts of evil that have rocked our society and communities. How do we continue to Love while also fighting back evil? Love comes when we think hard and combine this thought with the strength of courage, mind, and soul.
Think, don’t take a Shortcut when seeking answers.
Evil thrives on chaos. Political narratives and diatribe add to this chaos and it’s easy for a society to lose focus on…Love. Love is not a sign of weakness, but an inner-strength that is endorsed and supported by God. In fact, Jesus said it is His greatest commandment. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote a book “Strength to Love” where he stated that in order to attain a better world, we must first face our fears and then master these fears through courage, love, and faith. Dr. King suggests that we cut through the fog of chaos, seek God’s guidance, and think.
“The tough mind is sharp and penetrating, breaking through the crust of legends and myths and sifting the true from the false. The tough-minded individual is astute and discerning. He has a strong austere quality that makes for firmness of purpose and solidness of commitment. Who doubts that this toughness is one of man’s greatest needs? Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr. “Strength to Love”
Leadership through solid thought and prayer.
Leadership can come in many forms, but there is no better example of love than leaders firmly in communication with God. This love is not weak, but a tough love based on solid guidance. They don’t seek conflict but are willing to do battle against evil to ensure that it’s impact is restrained. It’s not an easy job and certainly not for those adverse to conflict. Strong leaders take time to think and are enhanced by the team that supports them in action and prayer. Life is hard, but leadership firmly connected with God and His followers helps make good possible.
Evil is not going away, and the closer you draw to God, the more evil will continue to try and destruct the relationship. Embrace God and each other. This relationship is the epitome of strength and love. There is strength in numbers, and people joined together with a common goal, under God’s direction, can curtail evil among us. It’s time for all of us to take a step back, seek God’s guidance over your thoughts through prayer and think, think hard. Solid thought and prayer will empower love and overcome evil through strength!
Sam Smith is an international CEO, Branding and Marketing Executive. He has spent decades leading International Ministries and Non-Profits to record results for operations and service. Sam shares his thoughts and passions at OptimizingMinistry.com