Sometimes we confuse strength with….
In a recent blog post, Seth Godin writes,
“Sometimes we confuse strength with:
- An inability to listen
- A resistance to seeing the world as it is
- An unwillingness to compromise small things to accomplish big ones
- External unflappability
- Policies instead of judgment
- …and being a jerk.
Well, once you put it that way, it’s pretty clear that none of these things are actually signs of strength. In fact, they are symptoms of brittleness, of insecurity and of a willful disconnect from the things that matter. Individuals, organizations, brands, and leaders all have a chance to be strong. And can just easily choose to be jerks. Because it is a choice, isn’t it?”
Two millennia ago, the apostle Paul wrote,
“For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’ Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)
Today, may we choose to exhibit the strength we learn at the foot of the cross: forgiveness, compassion, selflessness, and a love that embraces the whole world.