Random words on a page do little to make the world a better place, but when you put them together in an orderly way, they have power for both good and evil. They can bring comfort or destruction, clarity or confusion, direction or uncertainty and humor or pain.
Some people have a special knack for putting words together that when delivered, they inspire and motivate others to positive action. They edify the listener or reader. You can attribute this, in part, to the testimony of the person speaking, but the words themselves often contain power beyond their original intent. Such words can pierce to the very core of the human heart challenging perspectives and providing opportunities. It is these words, we often continue to quote, attaching the credentials of the man or woman who first penned them and sharing them to encourage or exhort others. Consider these examples:
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
~ Martin Luther King
“A people that value its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.”
~ Dwight Eisenhower
Walk the Talk has compiled a short movie clip of some leadership quotes. Maybe you’ll enjoy them as much as I did. Too busy to check them out right now? Then you’ll like these words of wisdom from Abraham Lincoln:
“The best thing about the future is it comes one day at a time.”
Not long ago, I heard a radio speaker proclaim that everyone is ordinary. His main premise stood on the many Biblical accounts where God used ordinary people to do great things, asserting that the results came from God’s power rather than any special qualities of the individual.
While I wholeheartedly agree that the Lord only needs willing vessels to do His will and that it is His power not ours at work, I think there are too many other accounts that indicate that God has created us uniquely for His purposes. Scripture reminds us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. He does have a plan for our lives although it requires the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to accomplish it.
I wonder if the greater lesson I can learn here is rather than malign speakers who make statements I deem faulty, be proactive and check them out for myself. I should be wary of taking what any speaker, politician or others say at face value. Instead, it would be so much better if I measured these statements against the principles of Scripture. If they stand up there, I can make them mine.
So, what do you do when you hear something that does not sit right with you? Do you go to Google or the Bible?