In My Weakness
Getting older stinks. I must admit. It seems the days get shorter and it takes twice as much energy to do what I used to do easily. It’s as though my strength is being sapped by the force of time. Combined with the now usual aches and pains, and it starts to make me feel like my engine is running out of steam. Like it’s time for an early retirement!
Retirement, the cruel irony of working all our life to save up enough so that, one day, we’ll be able to just enjoy time with family and maybe travel a little; only to realize that our energy is gone and it’s all we can do to get out of bed in the morning...
Weakness isn’t just a physical aging thing; it’s also emotional, mental, and spiritual. We know people who are in their 90s but have the mental strength of a 30-year-old. I would attribute their mental strength to their emotional and spiritual strength.
While at Oral Roberts I was taught about, ‘Educating the Whole Man’. Which, essentially, means training our minds, bodies, and spirit. To be strong in our education was only one piece of the puzzle. Exercising routinely and staying healthy plays a huge role in our overall ability to achieve success. Most of all, where our spiritual heart is in this life will affect all we do. It’s the steam that makes our engine move.
One of my favorite Bible references is when the Apostle Paul talks about his persecutions, physical challenges, and spiritual battles. He didn’t brag about how great he was, how much of the world he’d traveled, or about how knowledgeable he was. No, he bragged about his weakness because, for Paul, in that weakness, he was made strong through his faith.
So often today, I turn on the television and hear a preacher talking about his great accomplishments, his ministry; i.e. his strength. Yet, the man who wrote a third of the New Testament, bragged about his low position and how Jesus was made strong in him through it. What an example.
The minute I start feeling more ‘spiritual’ in my life, God has a way of bringing me back down to earth. He shows me one of those blind spots He’s been wanting to work on in me and how, even though I may feel strong (spiritually speaking), when faced with a real challenge in life, all I can do is get on my knees with hands raised to ask for His strength and, in some cases, forgiveness.
This past week, the Mrs. has had a sore foot so I have been taking my morning walk alone. The other day, while sipping my coffee at our local coffee stop, a man sat down near me with a shirt depicting the cross, rejection, and His sacrifice for us. I turned to him and said, ‘Hey, I like your shirt’. He smiled and asked me, ‘What does it mean to you?’ Immediately, only one word came out of my mouth, and heart. I said, ‘Everything’. It was as though it just welled up in my heart and came out without a thought.
It’s true. Without Him, I’m lost. My strength and accomplishments are nothing in-and-of myself. It’s His ability that gave me my ability. His strength that gives me my strength. His love that give me my love. His acceptance of this fallen man that teaches me to accept all others.
Today, if you feel weak whether physically, mentally, or even spiritually, He can give you the strength you need. Take joy that, in your weakness, He can be made strong. He will give you strength and will put that steam back in your engine too. He will restore hope where it's lost. He will give clarity where there's confusion. He will restore and heal where there's brokenness. And, He will give you peace in the midst of your storms.
Wishing you a relaxing day tomorrow friend!
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