“Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing is so gentle as real strength.” ~ Saint Francis de Sales …
People usually associate power with the ability to exert your will and control upon something, as if the most important attribute for success is brute force. This misperception is incorrect, however, and often leads to friction and strife, wasted energy and potential, and resentment and lack of cooperation that generally will not produce the desired results.
It does not take a hammer to wear away at stones. Tiny drops of water, that are held together through a weak cohesive bond, are able accomplish some of the most remarkable feats, such as the creation of the “Grand Canyon” and “The Old Man of Hoy.” Some of the most powerful drills in the world use high-pressure water to cut through materials that even metal is unable to cut through. Water–the same stuff we swim through and bathe in–can pierce granite and go straight through a foot of cast iron. And we can see similar effects from wind in the Navajo sandstone rocks of Arizona, or between our dealings with one another.
It takes much effort and force to bend people and things to our will, and the results of such effort generally are not very positive. However, with gentleness, we can encourage and cultivate the strength in others to join with ours and greatly increase the chances of a positive outcome. With persistence and dedication, gentleness can accomplish what brute force cannot. “The waters wear the stones; the floods thereof wash away the dust of the earth.” Job 14:19
Apply gentleness when dealing with others today.
Questions to consider:
How often do you apply gentleness in your life?
Do you ever get frustrated when you do not see the results of the things that you try to accomplish? Where does that frustration come from?
What are some ways you can let go of the desire to control the outcomes in your life?
For further thought:
“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins–not through strength but by perseverance.” ~ H. Jackson Brown