Giving Up Weakness For Lent

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I am giving up weakness for Lent. But should I really be giving up anything for this holy time? Should I be adding something to my daily life?

Let’s consider my CrossFit workout of the day (WOD, for anyone who has stumbled upon this blog while searching Google)… Teams of 3, 4 Rounds For Time: 500 meter row, 5 burpees.

I have not rowed in a long while, and 500 meters is my weakest distance. Ah, I just used a form of the keyword, weakness.

The state or condition of lacking strength.
A person or thing that one is unable to resist or likes excessively.
A quality or feature regarded as a disadvantage or fault.
A self-indulgent liking.

*From Google. I love Google.

In the above instance, rowing falls under the first definition. I lack the strength to row… but to be more precise, I lack the physical strength to keep going when my muscles are shot to pieces and I also lack the mental strength to keep going when I just feel like my muscles are shot. Rowing is a weakness.
Look at these amazing individuals, these amazing athletes:

These people, MY people, are amazing. I am constantly in awe of their abilities! And look at them! Rowing reduced these people to heaps on the floor. I watched them and thought to myself– there’s no way I’m going to survive this workout.

But I did. I gave up weakness. I closed my eyes, counted off 12 strokes of the paddle, and just kept going at a strong pace until my time was done, until I rowed my set distance. I kept thinking to myself the last part of something I learned for my 1st marathon.

Think about this verse:

2 Corinthians 12:9-11: 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. 10 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.

Wait. So I am giving up weakness for Lent, but when I am weak, I am strong? That doesn’t sound like it adds up quite right, right?

The weakness I intend to give up is the weakness of my faith. I intend to embrace the both my physical and mental weaknesses this Lenten season to really concentrate on becoming the best me I can be.

I truly feel that there is power in my weakness. The power is harnessed from the times I don’t think I’m going to survive a workout… and I do. Or the time that I feel overloaded at work to the point of tears… but I always get to go home at the end of the day.

rowing wod meghan


I’m stubborn, often loud, love cookies a little too much, and am always looking for ways I can serve the people around me without thinking of taking care of myself sometimes. I can be intimidating, brash, and selfish. I spend too much money and I have trouble saying “no”.

Weaknesses. All weaknesses.

But I embrace these weaknesses, these character defects. They bring out the best in me, I swear, because they allow me to realize the power of Grace. God’s love is amazing and I am here to testify that it really isn’t “when I am weak, I am strong”. It really should read: “when I am weak, HE is strong”. His power is made perfect in weakness…

Let me state it more clearly, I’m sorry for the rambling… I’m giving up my weaknesses for Lent. I am recognizing them, letting them go, and giving them over to God to let His amazing power overwhelm me! I am giving up the weakness of my faith and letting GOD do his thing.

Let go. Let God. I embrace my weaknesses because when I am weak, I am strong.

In all honesty, I also like to give “something” up for Lent to signify my commitment to my faith. What do you give up or add to your life during these 46 days? Do you think that Lent is a bunch of hogwash? Chime in down below in the comments section!

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  1. I am so awakened by reading your blog today….I try to think of things to give up and catch myself missing the whole reason of Lent…Giving up my weakness is the Best choice…..I can’t wait to share this and the Bible verse from Corinthians When I’m asked what I’ll be giving up….thanks for sharing and encouraging me to speak the truth…stay satisfied and Happy M !!

    1. As always, Darren, you bring a light air about you and your comments. So refreshing! Glad I could help stir your thoughts and soul today!