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. In preceding Friday’s in May the first 6 paradoxical commandments were reviewed.
The Paradoxical Commandments #7 and #8
#7 – People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
#8 – What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
- Build anyway.
Think about it
#7 – Everyone wants the person who has more to overcome to win. The underdog’s life is hard enough; one does not need to add to this burden by wishing them ill-will
Acts 20:35 the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (ESV)
Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. (ESV)
#8 – One could spend years building a business, and in the blink of an eye, that business and all that one worked so hard to create could come crashing down. The same could be said for relationships. One should build in spite of potential destruction. (ESV)
Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (ESV)
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (ESV)
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (ESV)