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.
The Paradoxical Commandments #3 and #4
#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.
Think about it
#3 – Dr. Keith’s take is, if one is lucky enough to find success, he or she will most certainly also find friends who are not invested in the relationship in order to gain something. In addition to false friends, the person who has found success will also find true enemies who are jealous and will try to undermine the successful reader. The Scriptures teach us:
Matthew 7:16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? (ESV)
Proverbs 20:11 Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright? (ESV)
#4 – Number four has an optimistic tone. Even though something negative will come of someone’s goodness, it is important to still do good acts. Even though the good we may do today is soon forgotten, this is no reason not to do good.
Hebrews 13:16 And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (ESV)
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (ESV)