Leading With Love
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a (wo)man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:11-13
In my younger years, I was a dancer. Though I have always loved the freedom of expression that comes from dancing, in the moments before my last performance I found myself gazing into a wall of mirrors and longing to be truly seen. In the reflection, a row of girls formed behind me, each one looking nearly identical in matching black leotards with hair tied neatly atop their heads. My reflection blended with theirs almost perfectly, with the exception of the green beaded necklace that I defiantly tucked under my leotard. This necklace was special. It remained tightly fastened round my neck since the day it arrived in the mail from my brother, who was serving a tour of duty in Haiti. I may have looked like the other girls on the outside, but (just as this necklace was hidden under the surface) a desire to be uniquely me was concealed in my heart.
“Get into formation!” barked the coach. Snapping from my day dream, I quickly marched into line. “Straighten your back!” she continued. Coach paced the floor inspecting her row of little soldiers for imperfections. “What’s this?!” I shuttered realizing she spotted the beaded necklace peering from under my leotard. “Showtime!” exclaimed one of the girls. And just like that, Coach ripped the delicate beads from my neck, scattering them in all directions. With no time to react, we marched onto stage and began our performance.
During this – my final dance – I found myself falling into a robotic lock-step with the other skillfully choreographed little soldiers. There was no individuality, no passion, no freedom of expression in my performance. Above all – there was no LOVE. How can one dance without passion and creativity that comes from the heart? This is not dancing. This is simply going through the motions. Once the performance was over, I collected my things, including the remnants of tiny beads strewn upon the floor, and I walked out the door without looking back.
That was the day I realized I was being used.
That was the day my dream of becoming a great dancer was crushed, for lack of love.
THAT was the day that I learned an important lesson – leadership does NOT work when powered by FEAR rather than LOVE.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
Ask yourself this simple question. Have our world leaders guided their citizens by fear rather than love?
Throughout the course of history, there are endless examples of leaders instilling fear in their people. Leadership without love leads to destruction and those who lead by fear will use the power of the people to drive this destruction.
Democrats, Socialists, and Globalists in America sow fear and division into the hearts of their followers with calls upon their enemies of racism, sexism, and bigotry. They drive groups like Antifa and Me Too protesters to breed destruction, chaos, and violence.
Fear restrains freedom, freezes free thought, suffocates creativity and stunts personal growth. Is it any wonder that those who follow these fear-mongers behave in a state of arrested development? To their leaders, they are nothing more than useful soldiers, NOT free thinkers.
Fear-driven leadership may breed compliance, but it does NOT inspire commitment, which is why we are witnessing a mass departure from the Democratic party through the Walk Away and Blexit movements. Millions of loyal followers of the Democratic party are realizing that they have been used, just as I came to a realization on the fateful day I set foot outside of the dance studio for the last time.
A movement of people is only fractured when, at some level, love has been removed. Love BINDS. It does not break. If there is disunity or disharmony within a movement, it is for lack of leaders who will put down their authority of control by fear and pick up the humility of love.
“And above all these, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Colassians 3:14
Years later I learned the power of loving leadership while standing on the floor of a dojo. “Balance and agility are your strengths. Use them to your advantage when facing an opponent,” explained my instructor as we continued to spar. We circled the floor trading strikes as though we were dancing. “You must out-maneuver your opponent and strike in ways they least expect,” he continued while hurling a jump front kick towards me. Anticipating this move, I weaved right and countered with my signature hook kick. “Well done!” he exclaimed, “You are ready to test for your black belt.” We bowed, signifying our mutual respect.
It was my Taekwondo instructor who encouraged me to develop my individual strengths and style, rather than demanding I duplicate his. He inspired me to be the best version of myself. He nurtured my freedom of expression, thought, and creativity, which set me on a path of personal growth. His loving leadership exemplified the traits of a true warrior: fierce, but kind; strong, yet gentle; powerful, nonetheless humble.
Now imagine if leaders throughout the course of human history exemplified this form of loving guidance for humanity. What would this world be like? The possibilities are endless.
Very few leaders have endeavored to bravely put down the iron fist of control by fear, and pick up the humility of love for mankind. We are most fortunate to live in a pivotal moment in time, where one such leader (with the help of a band of patriots) exists. They boldly defy this deep-seated method of leading the people through fear and subjugation. Instead, their leadership is inspired by love and respect for God, country, and mankind.
Over the course of this journey we call The Great Awakening, we have seen the depths of evil that our world leaders have plagued upon the earth. Yet we have also seen the great love of God, country, and humanity that this team of patriots embodies. Of all of the Q posts, perhaps this is the one I love most…
Trust must be earned. Trust is not blind, nor is truth. We fight every single day on behalf of you, the people who put us here. We knew this day would come. We will never forget. Do not glorify us. We are merely the vehicle. You are what matters. You are hope. You are love. You are peace. Stay united. Stay together. Stay strong. This is bigger than any one person or entity. You are fighting for truth - collectively. Will of the people. Trust in yourself. The choice will always be yours. God bless you all. Where we go one, we go ALL. Q+
Donald Trump and this band of patriots, known as Q team, recognize that it is LOVE that will BIND us. It will never break us. In his momentous Inaugural address on January 20, 2017, Donald Trump expressed his love for our nation and its people, stating “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, 'How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity.' He continued, “So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.”
Through all of these experiences, I have learned this: Whatever the problem, LOVE is always the answer – because in the end, LOVE WINS. And so, I will continue to both dance and fight through this journey we call the Great Awakening, and I will do it all with LOVE.