Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Real Weakness

"My grace is sufficient for you, 
for my power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Cor. 12:9

My grace is enough; it's all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. 
I quit focusing on the handicap 
and began appreciating the gift. 
It was a case of Christ's strength 
moving in on my weakness. 
Now I take limitations in stride, 
and with good cheer, 
these limitations that cut me down to size—
abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. 
I just let Christ take over! 
And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. The Message

I think it's fair to say that I desperately need revelation.
I know this "weakness is better than strength" truth
when I am reading it.
But it makes me so uncomfortable when I am living it.
But it is what makes the Good News really good.
In all limitation, we have Christ longing to take over.
If humility is being formed in us, 
weakness is real.
It is the fruit of honesty.
We no longer want an Academy for playing strong.
But really, during the course of the day--
when we forget that weakness is a friend--
it feels like something is terribly wrong.
A dear friend shared a quote from 
Brennan Manning's book, All is Grace.
It challenges me to press in 
and get comfortable with weakness.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
His grace made perfect in our weakness,
His light made brightest in our darkness.
Lord, would You help me to see how beautiful humility really is.
Because Your word says that our weakness allows You to be strong.
Your grace IS enough!

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