Monday, February 24, 2014

He Knows.

I remember when JD and I first started dating three years ago- he was a runner. When I met JD, he was running 10 miles on a very regular basis. I was working out 4-5 days a week, but I've got a confession: I've always hated running. I'm pretty sure it runs in my blood. We all hate it. My sister does it now just to stay in shape. But I'd rather do anything than run. Elliptical? Cool. Weights? Cool. Yoga? Cool. Run? Not cool. Not cool at all!
So the first time that JD asked me to join him on a run, I was prepared. Ha. I knew it was coming. I responded with, "I don't want to slow you down! So no thank you!"
That little stinker responded with, "Your legs are a foot longer than mine. Plus, it'd be a great way to talk to each other! And if you don't want to run, we could play ultimate frisbee!"

1. Running is not for talking. It's for getting away from monsters.
2. He stinks.
3. Isn't ultimate just running and throwing something at the same time?!

After seven or eight invitations, I had to let on to my big weakness: I hate to run. Sorry JD.

Do you remember a weakness that you tried to hide from someone you were dating or close friends with? I think we all do it. We don't want to be seen as weak, different or in need of pity.

"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 12:9-10

We all have weaknesses that go much deeper than our physical abilities. We have weaknesses in our character, our walk with God and in our soul. But the good news is that He knows. God already knows and there is no use in trying to cover it up.
But this verse tells us more than the fact that God knows our weaknesses. It tells us that God's power is made perfect in our weakness.

"Christ alone
Weak made strong in the Savior's love
Through the storm
He is Lord
Lord of all."

Yesterday, I was so glad to sing and declare that I know that I have strength in the Savior's love.
I shared last week in Helpless vs. Hopeless that my grandmother is extremely sick. I am a weak mess when it comes to dealing with her and my family. Some days, I feel like I don't have anything to offer her and that I can't do anything.

But I thank God that He makes me strong. I thank God that He uses my weakness. I can delight in weakness because it is only then that I am strong. I can delight that I have nothing to bring and that I must rely on God to help me.
He makes me strong- He helps me. His power flows through my weakness.
So this week, whatever your weakness is, whether it be finances, your marriage, your job, your parenting, your relationships etc., know that the Savior's love makes us strong. It makes us strong enough to stay in budget, to love your spouse well, to focus on our work, to parent with grace and love and to love someone while they hate us in return. It makes us strong enough to walk through the valley of death and fear no evil (Psalm 23).

Christ alone- our cornerstone.

On February 23rd, we sang:
"Here for You" by Chris Tomlin (Jamie lead)
at 10:40 only, we sang "Nothing is Holding Me Back" by Bryan and Katie Torwalt (Adam lead)
"Cornerstone" by Hillsong (Landon lead)
and "Wake Up" by All Sons and Daughters (I lead).

1 comment:

  1. you could feel the power of Christ in NewSong (1040 service) on sunday. great words by Jim and awesome, amazing music by the band. I have been singing and humming Cornerstone all afternoon today. Praising God that He uses my weaknesses and faults to His glory.