Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NIV)
There are things we may not be good at. We may be impatient. We can be thoughtless at times. We can be focused on our own needs and wants instead of thinking about others. There may be things we are asked or expected to do that we are not comfortable doing because we know others are better at it than we are.
While we all have weaknesses and may work hard to forget them, they are reminders that we need others. First, they remind us of how much we need God to meet us in our weakness and give us His strength. They can also remind us that we need the strengths of other people. By finding those who balance with our weak spots, we can accomplish much more working together. Our weaknesses remind us that we can’t do everything on our own.
God, thank you for the lesson found in my weaknesses. Even though I try to do things myself, they are constant reminders that I need you and others in my life. Show me those you have placed in my life to offset my weak spots. In Jesus’ name. Amen.