But [the Lord] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
When I work with clients who want get stronger, I find that the first step is often to help them find specific muscles or muscle groups. Whether it is the tricep, the glute or the transverse abdomimus, finding the proper muscle group must happen first. This “finding” of the muscle occurs within your body and your mind … learning to identify it, isolate it and contract it. And when we learn to isolate a muscle (or muscle group) from the surrounding muscles (or muscle groups), we can then learn to work it independently. But often … upon “finding” the muscle … we find that the muscle is weak.
Finding the muscle usually means finding weakness.
But that is the first step. Until we find the weakness, we cannot work on getting stronger.
Jesus tells us that His power is made perfect in our weakness. And I believe His words are true. Just like in our bodies, it is when we find out weaknesses that He can begin His work of transformation. But we must find our weaknesses first. And finding our weakness means identifying it and isolating it … accepting it, owning it and confessing it … and then giving it to Jesus. Only when we find our weakness can we give it to Jesus to transform with His strength.
In a culture that shies away from any form of weakness, may this encourage you instead to find your weakness. Find you weakness — identify it and isolate it — and submit it to the process.
For finding weakness is the beginning of strength.