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. - 2 Corinthians 12:9
It's natural for us to want to be strong and put our best foot forward in the eyes of others. Unfortunately, no one is invincible or able to have it all under control at any given time and this vulnerability can oftentimes lead us to feel weak without end. But there’s a different way we should approach weakness: rather than viewing it as an unfortunate outcome reserved only for those who are “incapable of being independent," think instead that moments of helplessness provide invaluable opportunities; they're chances for growth and understanding ourselves better!
We all experience moments in life when we feel weak and vulnerable, whether it be physical or emotional. We're often hesitant to admit these weaknesses as society has conditioned us to equate conceding such frailties with inferiority. But feeling like one can take on any challenge without the need for help is largely rooted in pride - an idealized sense of ourselves that doesn't accurately reflect reality and may lead us down a path of denial rather than the path of growth.
We may strive to be the best versions of ourselves, whether it's in our work or relationships; however, we all experience moments when this pursuit becomes overwhelming. It's OK for us to acknowledge our vulnerability and fragility - especially because these are often what helps bring us closer together with those around us. Just recently I came face-to-face with my own limitation while talking things through with my wife. Although I wanted to appear strong on the outside during a difficult conversation about health concerns down the line, some tears ultimately couldn't be helped! Life is ever-changing but leaning into its challenges allows God more room in your heart.
When we open up about our emotions, inviting others to share in our strengths and weaknesses, helps build a stronger bond between two individuals. The Apostle Paul knew that by submitting himself to God's grace he could be empowered from greater heights; his power was magnified when he humbled himself before God and those around him - something each of us can benefit from too!
Emptying ourselves of our pride means God’s power will prevail.
These are certainly trying times and it can be difficult to stay calm in the midst of all that is happening. However, don't forget to spend time with God too—sharing your heartfelt thoughts and worries aloud if you can. It's important not only for your own mental well-being but also as a way of seeking guidance from our Creator. Additionally, open yourself up safely by discussing things honestly with someone close or turn to outside help such as counseling or pastoral support if needed – whatever makes sense for you!