My awareness of what this culture values significantly impacts the value I place on my strengths and weaknesses. Really, it all too often determines what I believe is a strength or a weakness.
When I focus on what the world defines as valuable, my weaknesses seem abundant. My strengths? What strengths?
Strength in Weakness
Continually, the Holy Spirit draws me back to what the Bible says about my weaknesses and strengths.
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)
In this drawing, I again realize again that I am accepted (1 John 3:1), secure (Jeremiah 29:11) and significant (John 15:16) regardless of how I define my strengths and weaknesses.
I also re-remember that my gifts, talents and abilities exist to glorify God. They’re not for competition or comparison or accolades.
My Identity in Christ must define me. Not my weaknesses. Not my strengths. Not my culture. Not my own thinking.
Continually draw me back to your truth, Lord, to how you define me.