I was a bit puzzled with a recent post on the The Clean, Good Life called How To: Pick Something to Improve On. The author, Matcha, challenged me to list my strengths and weaknesses–in order of magnitude–and then get to work on my biggest weakness.
Wait a second! Most self-improvement experts say to focus on improving your strengths, not weaknesses, I said to myself–only half convinced.
Ok, I’ll give it a shot.
Strengths (high to low): kind, genuine, congenial, empathetic, open and gregarious.
Weaknesses (high to low): approval addict, overly sensitive, insecure, impetuous and conceited.
I understand, reading about me gazing at my own navel is not particularly engaging, but please read on.
Conducting this exercise wasn’t easy–especially the part about admitting my weaknesses. But I think I see what Matcha is getting at.
Considering my shortcomings not only made me aware of my frailties, it invited me to confront them.
The apostle Paul had such an aha moment when he prayed for Jesus to take away his greatest weakness–something he called his “thorn in the flesh.”
As you no doubt recall, this is how Christ responded:
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. – (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Paul responds by saying, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – (2 Corinthians 12:10) He then comments that, for Christ’s sake, he actually DELIGHTS in weaknesses.
For when I am weak, then I am strong. – (2 Corinthians 12:11)
I’ve read these verses of scripture many times, but after Matcha’s improvement exercise, they took on new meaning.
Because God’s power is made perfect in weakness, His grace is always sufficient!
You and I don’t have to fear our weaknesses or avoid them. On the contrary, we should delight in them–knowing that His strength is perfect.
His strength is perfect when our strength is gone.Steven Curtis Chapman
He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on.
Maybe you’d like to try Matcha’s exercise? What are YOUR strengths and weaknesses? And how will you get to work on your biggest weakness (besides taking Paul’s advice)?😇