In college, a piece of advice I was given in regards to interviewing in the real world was, when your potential employer asks you to name some of your weaknesses, be imaginative.
Instead of saying that my weaknesses would include excessive procrastination, paying manic attention to detail in spurts, and a compulsion towards reading random articles on the interwebs, I would say that I’m so committed to projects that I lose track of time, and am a creative thinker who regularly scours the internet for research purposes.
But lately, for whatever reason, I have been asking myself this same question…and trying to be totally honest. What are my weaknesses?
Let me tell you, I can defend my way out of almost any situation with my friends, but lying to myself is much harder – because I am bright…and totally onto myself.
So I spent some time being really introspective and listing out all my weaknesses. I thought: if I could only own my flaws, fix the ones I need to fix and celebrate the ones I’m stuck with. Maybe I’ll be happier.
Then I went back and reviewed that sentiment in my mind.
If I could OWN my flaws, FIX the ones I’m capable of fixing, and CELEBRATE the ones I’m destined to have? Who did I think I was? Tyra Banks? Oprah Winfrey??
I was using the world’s wisdom instead of God’s to deal with my weaknesses.
The Bible offers us a glimpse into the lives of godly men and women who had to deal with the same thing. In the Hebrews 11 “Hall of Faith”, we see almost all of these “Hall of Famers” were in a situation of weakness. And when they were in that “weak” state, they experienced the power of God and were able to demonstrate their faith and trust in God.
In the following passage, we see an interaction between Paul and God:
I begged the Lord three times to take this problem away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is enough for you. When you are weak, my power is made perfect in you.” So I am very happy to brag about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can live in me. For this reason I am happy when I have weaknesses, insults, hard times, sufferings, and all kinds of troubles for Christ. Because when I am weak, then I am truly strong. (2 Corinthians 12: 8-10)
Any time Paul found himself in a trying situation or in a place of weakness he rejoiced because that was for him, another opportunity to see God at work supplying his needs. In other words, if he had been at the Red Sea with the Egyptians following, he would have rejoiced; because that was a situation where the power of God would come on the scene and manifest on his behalf.
Bill Bright was the president of Campus Crusade for Christ. You would think that for a man who dedicated his life to a ministry that teaches students to introduce others to Christ, it would be easy to share the gospel with others himself.
Before his death in 2003, Bill Bright was quoted as saying, “I am naturally a shy and reserved person, so sharing my faith is sometimes difficult for me. I must continually rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to be a fruitful witness. Fortunately, I am not responsible for convicting the sinner or drawing others to Him. He is. I just follow His command in the power of His Holy Spirit and leave the results to Him. His power is most evident when I am weak.”
Trying to handle your weakness using the world’s logic is like putting a Band-Aid on your chest to handle a heart attack. The weaknesses that you have are specifically assigned to you. When you give them to God, He can use them in ways that your mind can’t comprehend.
Campus Crusade has over 252,000 workers around the world. Many thousands of students have heard the gospel and will spend eternity in Heaven with God because of the ministry started by this “naturally shy and reserved” man.
Turn your weaknesses into opportunities for the Lord to magnify Himself and supply your needs. Then HE could OWN your flaws, FIX the ones that need fixing, and you can CELEBRATE because your destiny is in God’s hands.