Most days I fall onto one of two sides; either I feel good and like I can do all the things I need to do, or I feel like crap and like I can’t do anything right. I’d like to think that more often than not I’m the first, but on the days when I’m the latter – it really sucks. On those days I count the hours, try to distract myself, and fight grumpiness all day.
But maybe there is another way to live. Maybe I don’t have to vacilate from one extreme to the other, feeling strong and powerful some days, and weak and useless others. Maybe when Paul says “when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corin 12:10), he is pointing to a third option – a way to walk through our days sustained, strengthened and satisfied regardless of mood or circumstance.
What does it mean to allow God’s grace to be our sufficiency? All my life I’ve heard the verse, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness“, but how do I actually live this truth out? Do I allow my weaknesses to remain becasue they provide an opportunity for God to show up? Do I stop pursuing excellence, knowing I’ll never achieve it anyways? Is it wrong to use my gifts, strengths, talents and abilities to try and bring glory to God becasue it takes away from the power of His grace?
These are tough questions, and I’m guessing I’m not the only one who struggles with them. Just this weekend we went to visit friends in B.C. and there were so many moments where I felt like an amazing mom, keeping my chidren happy on the plane while other toddlers were screaming, patting myself on the back for staying calm when they woke up at 4:30am every. single. morning. But at other moments I felt like a total failure, reacting out of frustration, fighting with exhaustion, and wishing I could just go home.
I want to know what it looks like to allow God’s grace to be my strength. I’m tired of taking credit for my strengths and even more exhausted of being discouraged by my weaknesses.
If you can relate to this, and have struggled with these same questions, I’d invite you to join me next Thursday, March 20th, for a class I’m teaching through The Influence Network called Turning Weakness into Strength.
There is another way! And this class will not only look at the biblical truths that apply to this challenge, but also give you 10 practical steps to allow God to turn your weakness into strength. I hope you’ll join me! More details here.