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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Dependence and self-reliance

To character and success, two things, contradictory as they may seem, must go together - humble dependence on God and manly reliance on self.

Focus only on getting help, and we begin to lose our sense of resolve and self-control. Focus only on self-reliance, and we become arrogant and merciless. It is not an either/or choice.

We need to be both dependence and self-reliant.

It's a little like walking, in quick turns, we used both left and right in equal measure. Similarly, we can be aware of the steady flow of both our vulnerability and our inner strength. With both, we stride toward success while strengthening our character.

I am equally aware of my need for divine guidance and my own strong resolve.