106/365 days of blogging.

2 Corinthians 12:9  “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.  ”Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Although God did not remove Paul’s physical affliction, he promised to demonstrate his power in Paul.  The fact that God’s power is displayed in weak people should give us courage.  Though we recognize our limitations, we will not congratulate ourselves and rest at that.  Instead, we will turn to God to seek pathways for effectiveness.  WE must rely on God for our effectiveness rather than simply on our own energy, effort, or talent.  Our weakness not only helps develop Christian character, it also deepens our worship, because in admitting our weakness, we affirm God’s strength.

Too often we view ourselves through others’ eyes, and more often than not we come up short.  Suddenly, it’s as if everything connected with us is preceded by the word too.  Too short, too tall, too fat, too thin, too pushy, too loud, too quiet.  In a world obsessed with image, it’s easy to shape our perception of ourselves to fit someone else’s version of us.

Books, magazines, and TV are eager to tell and show us what’s important and how we should live, fee and think.  But when we turn to an electronic box or sheets of paper to define who we are and our values, isn’t it time to stop, evaluate, and rethink what we’re doing and how we’re living?

Living according to someone else’s image shortchanges us, those who love and care about us, and the world in which we live.  Only when we are willing to be truly who we are can we receive all that God has in store for us.


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