How to tell the difference between the Weak and the Strong.

The Strong and The Weak

People are an odd sort. You could spend an entire lifetime trying to classify them into specific categories and you would still only be scratching the surface. However, I've chosen to take the quick and dirty approach and split everyone into two main types:

The Strong and The Weak.

Whether at school, work, church, etc. I find that truly strong people are usually kind and respect everyone around them. They don't speak that much, but when they do, it's because they have something important to say.

They don't worry too much about other people and what they think because they are generally confident in themselves. These people are "doers", because they let their actions speak for them.

On the other hand, those who are weak are usually quite disrespectful to everyone they meet. They hate themselves so much that they can't resist hating those close to them as well. They run their mouths constantly about what they would and could do, but never have any fruit to show for their efforts. These people are talkers and never take action on anything.

Several years ago when I still worked at the family business, I had a really unpleasant customer. She was dressed from head to toe in stylish garments but she was very rude and demanding. She constantly pranced around the room yelling about how important she was and what I had better do for her. I was overjoyed when she finally left. Soon after that, I got another customer. This time, it was a man who was in his late 40's. He donned a plain white T-shirt and some jeans and he was very laid-back. He was extremely easy to deal with and a complete breath of fresh air in comparison to that last unholy terror.

Later after he left, I found that the man was actually a famous millionaire neurologist who had written several books, and had patents on various surgical tools. Who would have guessed? This man was internationally known and respected, yet he was very humble and polite. I never would have known about his accomplishments. But you know what? He never even bothered to bring them up in the first place.

A few days later, I was out minding my own business and I happened to waltz into Walgreens. There behind the counter was the same rude woman from the week before. She was no longer dressed in stylish clothes, but was in her blue smock and name tag. The rude, brashful arrogance disappeared when she looked up and realized who I was. The only thing she could do was drop her head and check out my items. I laughed to myself for a long time.

I think about that day often, because that experience opened my eyes to a lot of things. Since then, I've run across a few more millionaires and a few more wannabes. The pattern is the same. Those who have power are usually very laid back and humble. Those who don't have power are always trying to throw their weight around or rather, lack thereof.

I said that to say this, if you look at all of the great heroes of the Bible, you will find that the meekest and most laid back of them all was Christ. David was cool, and Samson was entertaining. (Both of them slew enemies numbering in the thousands;-)) But by far, the most powerful of them was Jesus Christ.

The man was not a talker, but a doer. He journeyed to and fro, preaching the gospel and performing miracles. He healed the sick and He raised the dead. But one of the most fascinating things about Jesus was His demeanor with His disciples. They sat around Him and often wondered what He was thinking. They even talked about Him behind His back. But no matter what they said, Christ always maintained His composure and didn't let anything they said or thought impede His quest. He was very peaceful and quiet, as He never let any unnecessary banter get in the way of His wisdom. And in the end, the one who was most talked about and had received the most ill will turned out to be the Son of God, Himself.

Ephesians 1:22-23 states:
God has put everything under the Messiah's feet and has made him the head of everything for the good of the church, which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills everything in every way.

Wow, the most humble man in the Bible became the ruler of everything in creation. Like the old saying goes:

It's the quiet ones you have to watch.

All the Best,

Tal Smith


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