I am currently doing a study with my women’s Sabbath school class called “Stuck” by Jennie Allen. This morning’s exercise was awesome so I want to take you through a part of it with me. We’re going to write a comparison list. Did I just lose anyone? It’ll be quick and powerful, I promise.
First, take a few minutes to write down the areas of your life that you feel you really succeed in, those things in your day or week that you do well and don’t worry much about.
Next, I want you to list the areas of your life that you feel unsure of. The things that trip you up, make you anxious or insecure.
Did you do it?
Seriously, do it. Use your phone notepad or scribble it on the back of a bill envelope.
If you are like me, the list of insecurities lengthened making me want to add “this list” to it! I realized how much I needed God to help me with.
Then I was led to 2 Corinthians 12:10.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Consider, “How could this verse transform your view of your weaknesses? (31)”
The very list that freaked me out, full of insecurities, is the very thing that can make me strong. These weaknesses can be my strengths because I have to turn to God for each one. Which basically means I need to constantly turn to Him.
Perfect, because that is the life I want! One of constant focus on Him.
How great it is that I have so many failings! So many reminders of my need of Him. So many opportunities for Him to carry me, uplift me, save me. So many chances to see Him work in my life and through me.
These failings really are strengths.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:5
A picture came into my head of life lived according to the flesh. Now, keep in mind that doodling is not my forte but I think the essence comes through my stick-figures 🙂
A life lived according to the flesh is one of constant strain, weighted down, looking only where we are going. Focused on insecurities, burdens, and failures.
I think we all know that once we surrender to God we do not automatically become perfect. So I visualized:
A life lived according to the Spirit as one where those weaknesses and insecurities are carried by Him.
We become lighter. We can move and dance and sing looking up to Him because the burdens are lifted for us. And any time one of those insecurities is pulled back into our hands, the weight is felt immediately reminding us to give it back to Him.
Has your perspective changed like mine has? I am looking forward the day ahead of me and even to my weaknesses reminding me to look to Him.
If any of you are interested in this “Stuck” group study, check out Jennie’s website.