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.2 Corinthians 12:9
At one point when Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state, the media started buzzing about how “tired and withdrawn” she looked, attending official meetings with no more than a quick stroke of lipstick.
I know the feeling.
The paparazzi once busted me leaving a hot yoga class sans makeup. I admit it. I looked like h*ll because I’d just come from a workout hotter than hell. My photo took the cover of a tabloid’s “Look How Bad They Look in Real Life” edition. Whatever.
A fantastic aspect of living in faith is comfort in admitting shortcomings. I don’t have to get another degree, or hold another office, or weigh what it says on my driver’s license, or be perfectly coiffed to be perfectly loved. Granted, I’m a believer in “when the barn needs painting, paint it!” But even when we’re looking a mess, God is good to us. He actually takes our weaknesses and uses them for His glory! Thank you, God. They’re good for something.
How incredible is that?
Like Rick Warren said, “If God only used perfect people, nothing would get done. God will use anybody if you’re available.
As faithful Christians, we can relax, be vulnerable, show others our imperfections, be honest about our weaknesses, and realize that all that we accomplish clearly comes from the grace of our Heavenly Father.
Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, trust God to use the whole messy package that is you for His glory.