A mother talked about her child’s learning disability.  She said that, with the exception of the limitations, her child was bright and a good student in school. The mother identified academic tasks and skills she believed her child could and could not do because of the learning disability. Her philosophy was for the child to do what seemed possible and not worry about the tasks affected by the disability.  At first I admired her philosophy, helping the child accept limitations and focus on other abilities.  However, as I continued to think about this, I wondered if the mother was depriving her child of great accomplishments.

The Bible tells us that God’s strength is made perfect in our weaknesses.

He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  (2 Corinthians 12:9) 

Instead of avoiding our limitations, difficulties and personal challenges, what might we discover or accomplish if we offer our weaknesses to God?  How might He work through us to help us accomplish great things or make a difference for others?

We’ve all heard stories of athletes, artists, scholars, and others who discovered greatness by overcoming hardships and obstacles.  Had it not been for those challenges, they wouldn’t have accomplished what they did.  Many people have overcome unemployment by starting new businesses that allow them to follow their passions and find purpose in their work that they might not have pursued otherwise.  Soldiers learning to live without limbs have led to the invention of new prosthetics and research that benefits others – not to mention the way they inspire us.

Disciple Bible studies encourages us to identify our weaknesses and consider ways God could use them for His good.

I hope the child mentioned above will be encouraged to work through challenges, not just dismiss them as impossible limitations,  because some of our greatest strengths can be found in our weaknesses, and God can do exceedingly great things when we seek His grace and strength.

God bless you.