12 April 2009


…Even though I have received wonderful revelations from God. But to keep me from getting puffed up, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from getting proud. (2 Corinthians 12:7 NLT)


Whether Paul’s thorn in the flesh was a physical handicap or something else, it was something he lived with that limited his personal abilities. At first, he fought it as an attack of Satan. Eventually God made it clear that it was a gift to keep him dependent and grace-filled.

Paul goes on to say, “9 Each time he said, ‘My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. 10 Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NLT)


Pride fights the reality of weaknesses and personal limitations. Ego shouts, “I Can!” It’s really hard to look on a handicap or a limitation as a gift from God.

So far, I’m not boasting about my weaknesses. I’m not even sure I’m at the place of being entirely thankful for my personal limitations. But day by day I’m learning to accept my limitations and grow in confidence that God can use me not only in spite of my weaknesses but because of them!


Father, I’m slowly learning to accept and not fight against the limitations and handicaps that make me weak and dependent. I ask for grace and wisdom to appreciate who you’ve made me to be – the weaknesses I have and the gifts you have given me. Thank you for choosing me and using me – weaknesses, limitations, and all! Amen.

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