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April 17, 2013

COLUMN: Recognizing the Power of One

MILLEDGEVILLE —

I often hear people tell me that in whatever situation they find themselves they feel powerless. Being powerless is not the problem; acting on the power we have is what scares most of us to death.

We all have far more power in our lives than we realize, but because we have such enormous power, we have to be careful how we use it. 

In Boston we saw the power of either just one or the power of a few. They learned how to make a bomb (an easy thing to do with all the information at our hands today) and placed them strategically at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and timed their explosions so they would do the most damage.

What were they trying to do? Were they seeking notice for some cause they represented and they felt like blowing up a lot of people would have us feel sympathy for their cause? Were they trying to make a point about our lifestyle or our policies or our type of government, and they felt like killing an 8-year-old child would cause us to rethink something?

I'm sorry, but right now I don't care about their cause or what point they are trying to make; I am angry that someone used the power at their disposal to wreak havoc on innocent people.

Just because we have power at our fingertips does not mean we are free to use it to harm others. 

Jesus knew about power. He was able to calm a storm at sea, feed multitudes of people with only a little food, heal diseases no one had been able to do anything about, and cause the blind to see. A song says that, at his crucifixion, he could have called 10,000 angels to set him free from the cross, but he died for you and me.

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