Position isn’t Power
I was born in a city where the odds were stacked against me. According to FBI reports, my hometown (Flint, Mich.) is the most dangerous city in America. Over the years, many of my peers have lost their lives to street violence, and others are currently incarcerated.
In the midst of it all, I’ve been blessed to have reached many “positions” in my life. But in the grand scheme of things, these “positions” didn’t automatically equal power. They didn’t for me, and they won’t for you. Furthermore, just because you may not currently be in the “position” you’d like to be in, doesn’t mean that you lack real, and concrete power.
The power one has isn’t solely in the “position”, but more so in the mission and the conviction in one’s heart.
Again, just because you don’t have position, it doesn’t mean you don’t have the power. Just remain focused on that which God has called you to do. When we do this, the power is constantly at work within us.
Look at it like this:
In the 1960’s, President Lyndon B. Johnson had the position, but many would argue that Martin Luther King, Jr. had the power.
In Biblical times, Caesar had the position, but many would argue that Paul had the power; as did Saul have the position, but David had the power.
When we are passengers on an airplane, the pilot has the position, but God has the power.
Toward the end of his presidency, President Dwight D. Eisenhower had the position, but many would argue that Adam Clayton Powell had the power.
I could go on and on and on. “Power Holders”, if you will, are mission-driven, bold, called leaders. They lead! They don’t wait for a title, or a position. They are moved to lead by the circumstances that confront them. They wake up every day on a quest to make the world a better place.
We don’t need a position to do this.