Dr. Kent M. Keith is currently president of Pacific Rim Christian University. During his time as an undergraduate at Harvard he wrote a poem that has been translated into more than 15 foreign languages entitled, “The Paradoxical Commandments.” It is an inspirational poem and while the poem is not particularly religious, the principles presented are themes prevalent in the Bible. I’ve added a few scriptures which emphasize the principle put forth by Dr. Keith. On 05 May 17 #1-2 were given: #1 People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered – Love them anyway. #2 If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives – Do good anyway. On 12 May 17 #3-4 were given: #3 If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies – Succeed anyway. #4 The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow – Do good anyway.
The Paradoxical Commandments #5 and #6
#5 Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
- Be honest and frank anyway.
# 6 The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and/ women with the smallest minds.
- Think big anyway.
Think about it
#5 To be frank means to be open and honest even if we become vulnerable to being criticized or taken advantage of. In spite of this, we must choose to “be honest and frank anyway.”
Proverbs 19:1 Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool. (ESV)
2 Corinthians 8:21 For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man. (ESV)
#6. Here, smallest can mean jealous and stupid, and biggest means brightest and talented. Even though people will try to undermine you, that should not stop you from being creative and innovative.
Mark 9:23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” (ESV)
Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (ESV)
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (ESV)