01, 11, 2016
if you’ve had a conversation with me at any point during the last two weeks, you probably know that I just recently finished a book called “Love Does” by a guy named Bob Goff and that it changed my life. Bob spends an entire chapter of that book discussing this idea of being “secretly incredible.” obviously, this idea that we don’t have to be center-stage to make a lasting impression or difference in the world is completely counter-cultural, but if I remember correctly, that’s how Jesus approached just about everything during his 30-something years on this planet. its also how the Bible teaches us to live. every. single. day.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
I’ve been making a lot of discoveries lately and most of them have been realizations that the Lord calls us to a life far different from the one that the world offers. one of the biggest questions I’ve had to pretty much continually ask myself this semester is the following:
what will you do with your weaknesses?
recently, I’ve noticed that showing the world this “put together” version of me comes far more naturally than proudly displaying the struggling, exhausted, anxious, etc. version of myself that I far more often than not feel like – and that’s something I want to change right now.
2 Corinthians 12:9 is the reason why I want to change that.
“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.”
it is in no way my parent’s fault that I for a long time accepted and never questioned that hiding weaknesses and failures is fine. I believe that this is simply the result of living in a fallen world that teaches us from a very young age that failures and shortcomings are nothing to be proud of. I can vividly remember teachers handing graded papers back to the class in grade school and immediately hiding my paper for fear that someone would see my failing grade and think that I was stupid or anything less than a good student. on the other hand, I can also remember getting graded papers back and seeing that I did well so I would leave the paper face up on my desk for the whole class to see how AWESOME I thought I was. we are conditioned to shine light on our successes and leave the failures in the dark where they belong, because God forbid someone think that we aren’t great at everything.
I know for a fact that Satan would love for us to never tap into the truth stated in 2 Corinthians 12:9, but I refuse to give him that victory. or any victory for that matter.
I’m here to tell you to boast in your weaknesses.
I’m here to boast in my second failing grade on an accounting test this semester. I am here to laugh about the fact that this grade was one point higher than my last failing grade. I am here to tell you that accounting and most subjects that involve numbers and formulas aren’t my thing! I’m here to boast in the fact that I wouldn’t be a valuable asset to an accounting firm, but that doesn’t in any way make me any less valuable in the eyes of my Creator.
I’m here to tell you that I am secretly incredible in a lot of other areas that I will never be tested and graded on and that you are too.
And that’s where my story begins, my purpose becomes clearer, and where joy becomes the undeniable choice: in His presence. a place where I am lovingly called in by name and called TO BOAST in my weaknesses so that God’s power can be made perfect and His Kingdom glorified. there is peace in that place. there is grace in that place. there is fullness of joy in that place (psalm 16:11).
and who, in this crazy thing called life, doesn’t want peace, joy and grace???
so if you’re wondering what to do about your weaknesses, I’m here to offer you a freeing alternative to staying quiet about them: boast in them.
on a seemingly crappy day like today I’m pretty psyched that I serve a God that walks alongside me out classrooms after getting those failed accounting tests and whispers “boast in it.” I couldn’t be more grateful that He is A-okay with me being secretly incredible in so many other areas.
also couldn’t be more grateful that our GPAs don’t get us into heaven.