This week has seemed to highlight everything about me that is lacking. Points of weakness that have been revealed. Things I need to work on and strengthen. Blind spots that need correcting. Areas where I feel “less than” and scattered.
Weeks like this are tough. Severely humbling. But absolutely not without purpose.
Because everywhere I look in the Bible, I see Jesus using flawed, broken, weak people. I see Him changing them, healing them, working through them and transforming their lives into something that highlights His character and His plan.
And while my weaknesses frustrate me, He sees them as opportunities to show His best work. Those places in my life where my progress illustrates His power at work. Where my shortcomings reveal His long suffering. Where what I don’t possess makes room for what He DOES possess.
He will take those spots that need tweaking and strengthening and work with me to build them up, for the benefit of others and to make His name shine a little brighter through my life.
But I believe there will be other weak points that He will allow to remain weak. To keep me humble and to remind me that I need Him. That I need and can celebrate the strengths of others where I lack.
This is no pity party. Just a time of every-so-often self-examination, trying to see things the way they actually are through Jesus’ eyes. What needs to change and what is okay because it’s just the way He made me. Excited for the promise of growth, and a determination to be content with what He says is okay just as it is.
Confident that He can use not just my strengths, but every weakness I possess as I give it to Him for a greater purpose and cause – for the love of Him and others.
Seems like a win-win to me…. 🙂
2 Corinthians 12:9 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
John 9:1-3 – As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
1 Corinthians 1:27 – But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.