Reflections

Look At You!

“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

As a leader in your field, it is important to read as many books as you can just to get perspective of those who have gone ahead of you. I enjoy reading and I cannot hesitate to do that for a living! Haha… I picked a leadership book by Mark Manson, called, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A *** ; A counterintuitive approach to living a good life. You can find it on amazon going for around 20bucks. I have never in my life read such a book! Lesson after lesson after lesson, without a struggle. Let me say, this write-up today is a build-up of what I wrote on Monday; Microscopes versus mirrors.

“Look at you!” Familiar with this phrase? I am asking you to look at you for a moment in the mirror. What do you see? I mean look again…That pimple? your flaws? how beautiful or handsome you are? or do you see your past failures and mistakes? Could reality be the reason why you do not want to ‘look at you?’ You just want to take the microscope and ditch the mirror?

If we keep running away from our flaws and cover them up or hide them behind a fake disposition, we solve absolutely nothing. See what Paul has said in 2 Corinthians, it is only when he saw Himself as a ‘weak human being ‘that Gods’ grace was made perfect and he received Gods’ strength. It is only when we acknowledge we have a shortfall, that God comes in and turns things around for us. I like what Mark Manson in his book writes,

“Denial of failure is a failure. The desire of more positive experience is a negative experience, but accepting a negative experience is a positive experience.”

Isn’t this how people eventually overcome grief? Isn’t this how people, like Paul become strong and start believing in themselves? I mean, for the longest time, I have been labelled a ‘shy girl’ who doesn’t talk and easily hides behind shadows. I was bullied in primary school, in high school and even way after I graduated from high school. Haha! Well, now I can laugh about it! And for the longest time, I denied all that and this led me to camouflage and hide behind very destructive behavior while at campus, until I began to accept myself and I acknowledged that I was weak and I needed a strong savior and now here I am, confident in my scars and my flaws because I can attest to the fact that when I am weak, when you are weak, God is made strong.

I love the message version of that scripture!

My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.

Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

If we intentionally decide to ‘let it happen’ and ‘look at us’ then we are on our way to shouting on the rooftop that, “I take my limitations in stride, and with good cheer…I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”

“Denial of failure is a failure. The desire of more positive experience is a negative experience, but accepting a negative experience is a positive experience.”

Mark Manson

The weaker we get, the stronger we become! I can go on and on and on about this, but that is my call to us today. Don’t run away from who you are to become who you are not! I remember, again in that book, Mark Manson wrote, ” Wherever you go, there you are!” You cannot run away from yourself. It all starts from a recognition, then a restoration journey begins…Story for another day.

I end with an excerpt from a song I feature today by Matthew West;

I say I’m fine, yeah I’m fine oh I’m fine, hey I’m fine but I’m not
I’m broken
And when it’s out of control I say it’s under control but it’s not
And you know it
I don’t know why it’s so hard to admit it
When being honest is the only way to fix it
There’s no failure, no fall
There’s no sin you don’t already know
So let the truth be told

Matthew West

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