Our Thorns

What’s your thorn? Is it spiritual? Emotional? Physical? An itch you can’t thornreach? Is it debilitating? A weakness making you Ashamed? Afraid? Depressed?
We deny our weaknesses. We hide them.
Why? We want people to like us for our strengths.
Our culture plays to our desires for independence and strength. If we dress  right, eat right, drive the right car, reduce wrinkles, invest right and lose weight we’ll be happy.
The Apostle Paul possessed a resume full of religious accomplishments, Yet, he chose to boast in his weaknesses. His thorn was not an irritating itch he couldn’t scratch. Paul’s thorn caused him to beg God to remove it. He probably asked many times, but begged God three times.
“Nope,” God said. “It’s better when you’re weak. When you’re weak, I have space to demonstrate my strength.”
Paul’s thorn was a gift from God that caused him to realize something. We’re not defined by our accomplishments, our cars, homes or bank accounts. We’re defined by our willingness to acknowledge our weaknesses and praise God for them. It’s in our weaknesses that God will meet us with His strength and grace to take us where He wants us to be.
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About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.

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