The truth is we all struggle. We’re not giants, more like wannabes with a little bit of weakling in the mix. We carry doubts, fears, hurts, open wounds, broken dreams, missed opportunities, and consequences everywhere we go. It’s called survival in this fallen world. Life might appear like a bed of roses, but don’t ignore the thorns. At times it might look fine, but it sure can get sticky in a hurry.
Why do we try so hard to conceal weakness? We wrestle to ignore, deny, and blame it away. Why not embrace the weakness head on? Why not readily admit we have a weakness (or two) and learn to live in the strength of another? That’s what Paul did. This guy actually boasted about his weakness in his second letter to the Corinthian Christians. By facing his weakness, He learned to live in Christ’s strength.
So here are a couple things to ponder as you visit weakness:
What is your greatest weakness and struggle at the moment? Now, be honest with the answer. Don’t ignore it or try to explain, justify, or blame it away. Call it out and surrender it.
Do you want to give God an opportunity? Your weakness is an opportunity for God to demonstrate His strength. Give Him the opportunity to demonstrate His power in your life. Rather than remove it, He may call you to live in daily dependence upon Him. Either way is an incredible example of God’s power.
What is your next step? Don’t be overcome by your weakness; construct boundaries to protect what matters most. What insight does Scripture give to your struggle? Do something!
Am I the only one? Don’t ever think you are the only one. Remember everyone struggles and has weaknesses – some are similar and others are very different. Don’t let what you can’t see in someone else’s life serve to defeat you in your own. We are a tribe of weak strugglers.
And what about grace? God’s grace is always completely sufficient! For where you are weak, He really is strong.