“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT
I have a lot for which to be thankful: my family, my health, my job, the Cubs finally winning the World Series. I want to take a moment this morning and give thanks also for my weaknesses. Weakness has caused me to acknowledge and celebrate my dependence on God. Weakness has compelled me to turn to other people and entrust them with glimpses of my true self that I would have preferred to have kept hidden. I have grown the most as a person during the seasons of greatest struggle. All of the self-doubt and anxiety and hesitation…they are each an essential part of my story, as are the times of triumph where I overcame them, and the regrets when I failed to do so.
I know it’s a cliche, but there is no opportunity for personal or professional growth without confronting and overcoming weakness. As hard as the fight can be, the alternative is stagnation and entropy, a slow decline into lifelessness. Who wants to give thanks for that?
So if you’re sharing a list of things for which you’re thankful with family & friends today, take a risk and put yourself out there by giving thanks for a weakness that has made you stronger.