I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (b)
for when I am weak, I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 (b)
A Prayer of Thanksgiving
Thank you Lord for my weaknesses, as these allow you to display your glory and do your work. Thank you that I am tired and unable to do that task myself. I admit Lord that without you I can do nothing. When I feel that I cannot do anymore, I realize that’s when you can. The faster I admit this, the faster you work. Lord today I admit these things and let you in. It is only then that I can say yes to you and do the work you have given to me.
In Jesus Name,
At the first sign of weakness, our skin crawls. We had a horrible night sleep. We are unable to get our child to do the thing we want them to do. The boss has brought in someone smarter than us. A human being’s natural reaction to weakness is one of two things- to push harder or to completely walk away. Both are wrong.
One thing that I find continually difficult about the gospel is actually putting its principles into practice. Jesus lays down rules for us that are quite simple. Love your neighbor. Do not cheat. Do not steal. From the ten commandments to Jesus’s expansion on these principles, nothing on paper is hard. But in practice, this becomes a different story. In today’s teaching, St. Paul teaches us that in order to allow Christ in and do His work, we must boast of our weakness. It is in this humility that we become strong in Christ.
I recently went to lunch with a friend of mine. I was troubled by a project I was working on and feeling completely incapable of completing it. I wasn’t self-deprecating, I was simply being honest about who I was and how I felt. I didn’t expect the response that I was about to receive.
This is why you are successful Melissa. You don’t even realize who you are
This completely through me for a loop and was so contradictory to the world’s view of what we should be. He went on.
You see yourself as unworthy. You think that you don’t have the skill set to accomplish it. But the thing is that’s what makes you you. You don’t see yourself as others do.
And He was right. I still see myself as a girl who at sixteen decided that I was not going to let any child get hurt ever again like I was. I see myself as a nobody who decided to make something right in this world. But I still see myself in that state, in that weakness, that there is no way I could accomplish these things because I do not have the resume or job title for it. What I didn’t realize until I heard it out loud was that in admitting my weaknesses, I let in the power of God. I cannot accomplish this on my own.
The world says look at your weaknesses as a bad thing. The Lord says that it is only by admitting those weaknesses that He can work. He does not choose us because we are worthy. He chooses us because we are not.
So open up, let the light in. Let Him work. When you fall to your knees and realize that your weakness is your strength, the Lord will move that mountain that is obstructing your view.