Monte Hunt – Worship Leader
We all have strengths and weaknesses within our own character. I have always known that my strength lies in service and encouragement: that’s me. And as with most people who are like me, my weakness lies in being bold, assertive, and unapologetically truthful.
These weaknesses interest me. I look at certain friends I have and think, “Why does it seem that you are able to deal with confrontation so easily? Why are you able to just tell people what they need to do with seeming ease?” But at the same time I would imagine that those same friends might ask me, “Why does it seem so easy for you to open up to people? How do you always have something good to say, no matter the circumstance?” My outright answer to them would be: I don’t know why. I never really worked at it. It simply feels natural for me to carry out those actions. My guess is that this is the answer for most people in their areas of strength.
So what do we do with this reality? The apathetic solution would be to ignore those deficiencies and avoid exercising them at all costs. But that is definitely not what the Bible teaches. “God has called all of us according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). And sometimes that purpose will require us to face those personal weaknesses head on, and improve them in order to accomplish the task set before us.
Awhile back I read a book called THE CULTURALLY SAVVY CHRISTIAN by Dick Staub. Great book. It doesn’t directly address the issue I’ve expounded upon here, but it uses a term I really like: being fully human. When God became man he lived a life on earth that was fully human: intellect, spirit, emotion, relationships, and the creative mind…he embraced all these things and carried them out to their fullest human capacities.
It is easy for us to carry out actions that exhibit our strengths of character, and by all means we should continue to do such things. But if God has called you to something involving a weakness of yours (and my guess is, in some way, He has), then do not run from it. Embrace that calling, exercise those weaknesses, and take that next step in becoming fully human.
So now I gladly boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That is why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor. 12:9b-10