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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.
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: 9 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.
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.