Upside-Down Power

From a worldly point of view, money is power; but from the Christian standpoint, love is power. Intellectual and spiritual strength are involved in this principle. Pure love has special efficacy to do good, and can do nothing but good. It prevents discord and misery and brings the truest happiness. Wealth is often an influence to corrupt and destroy; force is strong to do hurt; but truth and goodness are the properties of pure love. – {The Adventist Home 195.3}

1 John 3:18 – My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

I think it’s very easy to have an upside-down perspective of power and success. For one like myself who is not too long out of college, money is tight and seems like the answer to so many problems. It’s easy to chase it. I see people who are on the inside in power circles and it’s easy to covet that influence. The reality is that I have 24 hours today to influence the world, and love is the best way. It is a shame to waste our greatest potential while running upside-down on the paths to wealth and influence, when they are really broken cisterns that can hold no water, and we had access to living fountains all along.

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