So tonight I am kickin round some Baruch Spinoza, philosopher back in the 1600’s.
He wrote in The Foundations of The Moral Life, “Minds, nevertheless, are not conquered by arms, but by love and generosity.”
I like that.
To put it in perspective, earlier this evening, though I tried to contain my excitement at the time, within the time frame of twenty minutes, I exchanged a conversation with the following people, all college age, all in school, all on the verge of changing the world.
One wants to finish school with a degree in business administration and then pursue the corporate ladder inside the organization she currently works for. I encouraged her to take a mission trip soon, and one to Niger would be exceptoinal.
Then a young man, also in school, wants to be behind the scenes and help finance mission work. Will go to Albania in a month to be followed by a trip to Niger.
Another young woman raising money to go to Cambodia for two months during the summer where she will work in the area of sex trafficking.
And another who wants to study international law but has seen too much humanity within the church and is now on a quest to reconnect with God. And she will.
I drove away from there saying to God, “Thank you for letting me see that and hear that and in some small indirect way, be a part of that. The unlimited potential of what I have just witnessed.”
And oddly enough, guns, weaponry and military strength was not mentioned. But love and generosity was. The love that they would offer and the generosity of others who would help get them there to do it.
A verse I have heard all my life.
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:13
I can’t take that out of the Bible. It’s right there.
There is nothing I can not do if I utilize the strength of Christ to do it. Yet we walk around in such defeat and a lack of confidence.
Give yourself another shot at doing the impossible. It is impossible for you to accomplish, but not for God.
I hope no one never ever tells the young people I talked to tonight that they can not accomplish the unthinkable.
We so stab God right in the heart, especially when we come into the day of Resurrection and don’t believe in the power of His son Christ to work through us.
Give yourself one more chance…one more shot.
And consider…the potential of it all.