Perfect in Weakness
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Over the past year (or more) we have continued to have a lot of “new” thrown at us. New routines, new travels, new teammates, new children, and new employees. It has been a lot of juggling, and you may be thinking, well just set something down, the truth is there is nothing to set down. We are holding only to the essentials: our children, work, friends, and church.
It has been making me think. Looks to me like, right now, in life, my “act in the circus” is juggling.
Juggling. And let me tell you I am dropping things left and right. Whoops! Just lost my temper. Oh man! I STILL have not emailed supporters. Oh boy! No homemade supper, again! Oh my! Should’ve checked in on that friend by now.
Not to mention the fact that I lose sight of who/what I am doing this juggling act for?!
My children? My husband? My friends? Myself? Who am I looking to please with this juggling “act”? Is the audience my judge? Are there literal judges tracking my score? Am I in competition with the act happening beside me? I know that my “act” is not together for anyone who is watching. And my children don’t have their “acts” together either…which makes my “togetherness” look worse! All of us are finding ourselves in a crazy sprawl! Stern eyes glaring, tears flooding, voices roaring, feelings hurting.
And then we start to hear the laughter. The laughter from the crowd who are actually our fans, and always were. Laughter from our co-actors who have done life closely with us and know better than to ever take us seriously. Laughter from our children who have more grace for us then we could ever give to them. And laughter from ourselves…because we have finally caught some perspective. To lighten up, laugh a little, and remember the hope giving promise.
Jesus came so we don’t have to pretend like we perform, but can go and lay down our burdensome “act” at his feet.
And then turn to find your family smiling, hubby patting you on the back, friends still laughing and giving a thumbs up, and an audience of rising ovation, clapping, whistling, cheering, crying with happiness that you finally figured it out for the 100th time.
Allow Him to remind you of the truths of this performance: that the weaker the performer, the more room for his power.
About the authorView all articles by: Steven Sauder and Liv Steffen
About the author
With three bustling children, a fourth on the way, a husband doing BAM in Thailand, and the woes (and blessings) of living cross culturally, Liv Steffen is familiar with those days that seems insurmountable, as well as, the grace of God that makes us conquer. She is passionate in giving encouragement, keeping good perspective, and reminding ourselves of the gospel truth. Read more at brettlivandso-on.blogspot.com.View all articles by: Steven Sauder and Liv Steffen
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