Do you ever talk about your weaknesses with people? Do you share when you have messed up?
Let’s be honest, it’s tough!
We don’t want people to know our weaknesses and definitely not the areas where we have messed up.
Even though it is hard, this is something that I try to run after in my life.
I try to be open and honest with people about my mistakes and weaknesses.
I want to share with you two areas that I know I am weak in and personally battle with.
The first area is my mindset.
If I didn’t know the sovereign love and freedom of Jesus Christ, I would daily struggle with self-hatred. If I let it, my mindset can be very negative towards my self and my identity.
When I fall into the tempting thoughts of, ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘I’m not needed’, ‘I’m a failure’, ‘no one really likes me’, I must battle with the truth of what my Father God speaks over me.
If I stay in this negative place it can affect my relationships, my family, my self esteem, and my job.
A few years ago, I was asked to step into the role of Leadership for a charity that I was working for.
I didn’t have the qualifications for this. I had never done anything like this before and I really doubted myself.
I was in a place where I felt weak but needed to rely on God’s strength. And, I did.
It wasn’t an easy role to step into, but I can testify that God carried me through it.
I grew in my relationship with God but also in confidence.
I love that when Paul talks about God being our strength in our weaknesses, he first states that God’s grace is sufficient for you:
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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 (NIV)
I have been praying this a lot recently; that God’s grace is enough for situations in my own life and in my family and friend’s life.
I think there is something powerful in this statement: that His grace is enough for our weaknesses.
I believe that with God’s grace we can step out of a place of weakness into a place of strength and, from there, we can fulfil the plans and purposes that our Father God has for us.
The second area that I know I am weak in is looking for affirmation.
I know that we all do this as humans; we desire to be acknowledged, loved, and cared for. But I know that it can get the better of me sometimes if I don’t keep an eye on it.
I have learnt that being honest with my husband and trusted friends about this helps and breaks the hold that it could have on me.
In my marriage, we have always tried to run after purity, and we do this by sharing with each other when we have messed up and fallen into temptation.
For example, if I have let my mind wander in thinking about another man, or feeling attracted to another man, I will share this with my husband. And vice versa.
We believe that if we share it, it breaks the power of shame, but also of secrecy.
So today, hold on to the truth that, in the areas you feel weak in, in those times you keep messing up, God is your strength.
Surrender everything to Him, even those things you may feel ashamed of.
Surrender it all and let Him step into the areas you need help.
We were not made to be superhuman.
God’s grace is enough for today and always.