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We do not value weakness – in fact, we avoid any sign of weakness.  It’s one of the reasons we so easily go into debt — so as to not appear weak.

In some respects, it’s like the person at the gym who uses 40lbs on the tricep machine but switches it to 70lbs when finished.  We want the next person to think we’re stronger than we really are.

“How are you doing?”  “How is work?”  “How is your marriage?”  It’s all GREAT.

Paul understood that we are impressed by strength … so he changes the perspective: “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness” (2 Corinthians 11:30).

When was the last time you bragged about a weakness?  “You know what, I’m not getting it all done.”

It’s only when we admit our weaknesses that God is allowed to work in our lives.  Before that, we’re trying our best to handle things ourselves.  And failing miserably.  And failing often.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

“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 (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).