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April 12, 2017

Strength can be defined in many ways. Some people give great credence to manifesting physical strength. In some faith traditions, demonstrating self-control is lauded as a manifestation of great strength.

 

I believe the ability to be resilient and manifest godly virtues in a crisis is a demonstration of great strength. Some define godly virtues as the Fruit of the Spirit which is described in detail in Galatians 5:22-23.

 

Take a few moments and reflect on your behavior during moments of crisis. How do you act in a crisis? It is easy to be disrespectful to people when they have been rude to you, but it requires great strength or restraint not to recompense evil for evil. Be determined not to let someone’s actions change you or your behavior. Do not give your personal power away.

 

For example, I wrote about a co-worker who brought colleagues to my desk to show them that I was not wearing my wedding ring. I could have easily given her a piece of my mind. However, I knew that her behavior ultimately made her look incredibly silly, very insecure, and profoundly immature. A wise man said, “Small minds discuss other people.” Doing that which is virtuous, when doing what is evil is more convenient and in some cases understandable, demonstrates great strength. Maintain your focus on your purpose and responsibilities even if you are in a crisis. Remember, you still have to “show up” for life. You cannot check out!

 

You may be a leader in your church, your community, or in your professional organization. Stay focused on what is important. Begin by asking yourself, “What needs to be done right now? Who is important to me? Spin your energy and time where you want to see results. Resist the urge to major in the minor, to respond negatively to your critics with their gossip and innuendo, and refuse to wallow in self-pity. Be determined to persevere and know that you are more than a conqueror! It's okay to acknowledge your feelings, but do not allow your feelings to control your behavior because feelings are fleeting.

 

Real strength is not solely defined by physical strength or the ability to physically subdue someone. It is doing what is virtuous when the temptation to do evil is seemingly overwhelming because it requires great self-control. Self-control is the ability to harness oneself in particularly tempting moments and can only be manifested by divine help. I call that divine help the Holy Spirit.

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