Today, there’s a lot of talk on immigration and how we need to limit those coming into the country. The reality is that many forgot that the United States was not always the superpower it was and how foreigners played a role in positioning the country where it is today.
Before the first World War, the U.S. was primarily an isolationist country. Shortly after, advances in technology and travel and political climate changes made the U.S. attractive for new talent. Leading up to World War II, the U.S. continued to attract disenfranchised scientists and scholars. Winston Churchill recognized the scientists’ importance during this time, saying that the Axis powers were idiots to expel these brilliant minds from their countries. Seeing their potential, he would welcome these foreigners to the U.S. as a technological advantage needed to win the war.
As a result, the U.S. was able to outpace the Axis powers and eventually ushered in an area of explosive growth in science, technology, and the arts.
Notable immigrants include Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Levi Strauss, Joseph Pulitzer, Ieoh Ming Pei, Sergey Brin, Mario Molina, Andrew Grove, Amar Bose, and countless others. However, as immigrants, they did not render their ethnicity or cultural background. Instead, they used all of their talent, skills, and knowledge for the benefit of others.
Their stories remind me how we forget we are citizens of God’s kingdom. If you think about it, we’re all foreigners in a foreign land. We don’t give up our personality, what makes us, us. But instead, we’re to use all of our God-given talents, resources, and gifts for His kingdom.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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