What is your weakness? Is math really hard for you? Do you miss most of the baskets you shoot? Do you struggle to make new friends?
Everyone has weaknesses. That might seem like a bad thing. But God has given you weaknesses so that the people around you can see his strength.
What does that mean?
Well, let's take a look at Moses. God called Moses to be a leader. But Moses did not feel like a leader. He struggled with everything leaders need to do. He was not confident. He did not speak well. Over and over again, he told God he did not feel like he could do this job.
But Moses protested to God, "Who am I to appear before Pharoah? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?" Exodus 3:11
But Moses protested again, "What if they won't believe me or listen to me? What if they say, "The LORD never appeared to you?" Exodus 4:1
But Moses pleaded with the LORD, "O Lord, I'm not very good with words. I never have been, and I'm not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled." Exodus 4:10
God responded to each of these protests from Moses. But he didn't tell Moses he was wrong about his weaknesses. Instead, he told Moses that HE would take care of it.
When Moses said, "Who am I?" God said, "I AM WHO I AM."
God replied to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you." Exodus 3:14
When Moses said, "What if they don't believe me?" God told him to convince the people by showing them signs.
"Throw [your staff] down on the ground," the LORD told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back. Exodus 4:3
When Moses said, "I'm not very good with words," God reminded him who had given him the ability to speak.
Then the LORD asked Moses, "Who makes a person's mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say." Exodus 4:11-12
God knew Moses had these weaknesses. And that's exactly why God chose him to do this job. You see, God works through our weaknesses so that people can see how amazing HE is. When we do things that are clearly beyond our ability to do, people can see that God is the one doing the work.
How does that make you feel about your weaknesses? I hope it helps you see that they might actually be the reason God chooses you to do something. I hope it helps you see that God can enable you to do things you never thought you could...if it means other people will see His strength in your weakness.
Read 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
In this passage, the Apostle Paul talks about his weaknesses. What does he say? How does he feel about his weaknesses? Why does he feel that way about them?
Try a creative activity that is a weakness for you. It might be something you have tried before but did not do well. Or, it might be something you have never tried because you think you cannot do it. Here are some ideas...just give it a try and see if God might be able to show his strength through your weakness! (And, don't be afraid to ask for help from an adult if you need it!)
Write a song or a poem, create a graphic novel or comic strip, cook or bake something, plant some seeds and see if they grow, make up a game to play, create art out of whatever you can find, etc.
Write yourself a message on a post-it note, white board, or mirror - anywhere you can see it often. First, write "Believe in Yourself." Then, cross out the word "Yourself" and replace it with "God." Each time you see the message this week, remember that God can use your weaknesses to show people his strength.