I fear I did much harm along the way.
Because I was doing it according to MY ideas and MY methods. I still struggle with this because it is my first, passionate reaction to bad business practices, abusive government policies and general destructive stupidity.
But I am learning the power of meekness as I get older. I have learned that I am not to be meek in the sense of afraid to speak up or reluctant to take action against bad or dangerous situations. But I AM required to be meek in the sense that I cannot and must not rely on my own abilities, ideas and approach. I AM much better off (and more effective) when I rely on God to be the master planner upon Whom I can rely and upon Whom I can wait.
I have learned there is always time for prayer, even if an urgent situation requires a prompt response. When I reach out to comfort, reassure, cajole or implore that I do it with a clear understanding of my limitations and God's infinite abilities, my limited view and God's infinite wisdom, and most importantly God ultimate reliability.
So if doing good is more important that feeling good, getting credit or being appreciated in the World, then I have nothing to loose, and much to gain, by placing my full reliance on God.
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the Earth.
All Powerful, Almighty and Holy God, keep my heart tender toward the fragile, the lonely and the vulnerable but keep my eyes on You, ever seeking Your Will, ever waiting on Your perfect time, ever relying on Your perfect capacity to bring our highest good from the darkest circumstances. AMEN