Have you assessed how strong you are? I’m not talking about in a self-righteous, overinflated view of yourself either. I’m referring to taking a few steps back to review your strengths. A strength test will let you know where you are and where you have to go. When I go to the gym, I know that I’m unable to lift over 20 pounds, but I can handle at least 10 pounds. Since I’m talking to super overachievers like myself, we usually discount the strength God has given us. We compare our strength to someone else’s and then assume we are not strong (wrong). We even get in our way by thinking about the strength we aspire to have but have not obtained. Have you been discrediting your strength?
As I’m encouraging you all, I’ve found myself in this place. This year, I took on a new role that has come with added pressure. Team members, deadlines, additional workload, new demands—and I was beginning to feel down about all the things I haven’t accomplished. I was discounting the strength I have and thinking of all the ways I’ve been bending under the weight of responsibility. It’s easy to do when we focus on what we’re not versus who we’re becoming. Let me encourage you, “You are stronger than you think you are.” You, too, might be facing additional challenges and it may feel overwhelming. It may seem that with each step forward, you take several backward. You may even wish for the pressure to end, as I have on many occasions.
Isaiah 40: 27-31 reminds us:
Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
or, whine, Israel, saying,
“GOD has lost track of me.
He doesn’t care what happens to me”?
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
GOD doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind (MSG).
If you feel that you are without strength, you are not alone. We all have those moments, but there is hope. God energizes our strength when we ask Him to. Now, God doesn’t sprinkle instant rest, and suddenly things are all better. He invites us into His rest as we shift the weight of our responsibilities to His capable shoulders. How do we access His strength? Through waiting. Waiting is an expectation something will happen. It is an assured posture of confidence in God. It is expecting Him to be available and to help you no matter your challenges. It’s knowing He will allow you to experience His unforced rhythms of grace as you trust Him and know He will show you how to endure.
Are you tired and feel like you are stumbling? Congratulations! You are an excellent candidate for His strength. You may not feel strong now. You might look at yourself and see the opposite of strength. When God renews your strength, you see yourself from another perspective–God’s view. The best part isn’t celebrating your strength. It’s sharing your experience of overcoming with someone else who feels they’re without hope and strength. You can be a blessing in their life and remind them that they too are stronger than they think they are. Why? We are never without strength when leaning into our awesome God. Remember, you are stronger than you think you are!
Questions of the Week:
What challenges has God allowed you to overcome this year?
How have you grown as a result of these challenges?
How has God revealed His strength through your life?
How will you celebrate the strength He has given you?
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