“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind." – Isaiah 65:17
Room for growth. We are all born with self-preservationist instincts. One of the ways we protect ourselves is by projecting an "I've got it all together" image even when we're hurting on the inside. Although this requires less of us character-wise, it makes us feel we are preserving our dignity.
One thing is guaranteed as we go through life: we shall encounter different kinds of struggles – demons chasing us around (I mean this in a good way) and worries keeping us up at night. Though these will not always be of our doing, obstacles will strongly signal "there's room for growth".
To be able to look inward and identify that we need help in certain areas requires humility, and leads to strengthening at those points of weakness.
Come as you are
Where there is true love, there can be no judgement, no condemnation, no self-righteousness… we have all fallen short #TodayILearned
— Lema Abeng-Nsah (@LemaNsah) October 25, 2015
Human beings naturally seek to improve … the most common way is through formal education which develops our intellect, and prepares us for jobs and in many ways, life. These days, more and more resources are also becoming available – through the internet, mentors, coaches, analysts, psychologists, advisers, etc – to prepare and equip us.
Help is everywhere.
For many (like me), there's the Holy Bible, which provides direction and guidance spiritually. Each time we turn to the bible, we find answers – in the Psalms, Proverbs, from Genesis to the book of Revelations. We also gain inspiration when we fellowship with others. We are especially reminded in our spiritual journey that we are not alone, there's a higher power inviting us to come as we are, to tap into His Spirit for strength, mercy and clarity. This is an extremely private communion with the Almighty God. The invitation to come as we are.
Recognizing that there's a higher power gives us permission to be imperfect (after all, we are not God) and to be OK with the flaws of our human existence. This can be very empowering.
The only way strength will grow from weakness is when we recognize that something is broken, that a life muscle is weak and needs attention. Let's be encouraged not to hide from the broken parts, and not to be embarrassed by our miss-steps, but rather to invite God in. Through His Spirit, we shall find answers, a way forward into more prosperous tomorrows.
From weakness grows strength. From pain springs joy. From caterpillars we get butterflies. From dirt germinates beauty. Challenges lead to triumphs.
Life will always be a mixture of all these different ingredients. This gives us reason to be excited as we become better, fulfilled conquerors with every step.
I hope today's blog post encourages you to come face2face with your weaknesses and remember that there is greatness inside of you in spite of them.
Cheers to your success!
"Great strength of character is displayed when we acknowledge our weaknesses, in private, to those we trust, or publicly."