Weakness is rarely celebrated in our culture. All around us the messages are, Be strong! Be successful! Don’t reveal your flaws!
This is embarrassing, but I have literally prayed that I wouldn’t cry when facing confrontations or difficult situations. It makes me feel weak. There I said it. I’m prideful and I want to appear strong and put together. While I don’t mind crying if sharing a touching story or past weak moments, it’s harder to share weakness in the present.
Bragging on Our Weakness
Today, I’d like brag about my weaknesses. I’ll start with my physical weakness. A simple herniated disc has caused nerve pain since September. I’m a little hesitant to admit that the chronic pain has made me feel less than charitable. One minute I’m smiling, and the next I feel like pulling the covers over my head and shutting out the world. I’m choosing to brag because it’s ok that I can no longer do it all on my own. I have to ask for help. My former arrogance is smashed to pieces.
Maybe my weakness seems like nothing compared to how demolished you’re feeling physically, emotionally, or spiritually right now. Regardless of the level of brokenness, I encourage you to let go of your pride. Brag about your weakness and ask for help!Let go of your pride. Brag about your weakness and ask for help! – Angela Howard Click To Tweet
Secondly, I’d like to brag about not having all the answers. I’ve occasionally deluded myself into thinking that I can solve anything or fix any problem. I’m like SuperWoman! Changing minds in a single bound! Well guess what: I’m in a situation where I have no control and no answer. In the past, I would have spent time playing out scenarios and analyzing angles. But not today. I’m weak! I’ve chosen to depend on God for the answers.
The Apostle Paul tell us a story in 2 Corinthians 12 about weakness. He has what he calls a “thorn in the flesh.” Theologians have disputed what this thorn was for years. It could have been physical sickness, grief, persecution, or even some enemy turning up around every corner. Whatever it was, we know that he begged and pleaded with the Lord to take it from him. But God said:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV)
Why Can We Brag?
Our suffering and weakness can propel us into true transformation. When we are weak, God’s grace has the chance to shine with empathy and compassion. When we revel in our strength, we get all the glory.
Can we reconcile the marriage of strength and weakness? Influence and gentleness? Passion and vulnerability? The gift of suffering is a beautiful dichotomy. Will you join me in learning to live with your weakness, not as your identity, but as a part of your story?Live with your weakness, not as your identity, but as a part of your story. -Angela Howard Click To Tweet
What weakness are you bragging about today? How is God showing Himself strong in your life? Please comment below.
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