Monday, July 9, 2012

Power Perfected in Weakness

Jesus says,“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”2 Corinthians 12:9

There are 3 things I read almost every day... the Moravian Daily Text, Sasha Dichter's blog and Crain's Top 10. The above scripture from today's Moravian text really hit me in pondering thoughts about women. I really believe that empowering women will change the world for God's good... partly because power is made perfect in weakness and for most of our world's history women have been looked at as weak, in one way or another.

I ponder why Christians do not buy into the concept of empowering more gals as leaders and pastors, rather than primarily valuing them as supportive spouses. We live in a postmodern culture where the values of living a God-honoring life of moral absolutes seems to be rapidly dissipating. I truly believe women could help change this with their emotional intelligence gifting, if they were nurtured to lead with their emotional strength perceived as a weakness.  Did I not just read that power is made perfect in weakness? Could that weakness be interpreted as emotional intelligence, which now seems to be highly valued in our business world?

Nicolas Kristoff and Sheyl WuDunn, in their book, "Half the Sky", promote the empowering of women worldwide as the next great world movement. Is this another world issue that people outside of church world seem to get better than those in church world? I wonder.

PS - Here is today's Crain's article, also relating to this subject:

1 comment:

Scott Whitaker said...

There is a new business leadership institute being designed in Chicago using emotional intelligence as the backbone of the teaching curriculum. I forget the name. Raman Chadha is a co-founder to Google search him. It takes 24 months to see the benefits of going through this program. Supposedly it's all the best stuff. There is something that happens when two women leaders work together that is distinct from when one woman leader and one man leader, or two men leaders work together. Hard to characterize yet distinct.