“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
Power struggles…I seem to get caught up in them so easily with my children. I want to be right. I want to be in charge. What I say, I want followed to the letter.
Then after wards, I feel the sting of guilt for my lack of humility and gentleness in the situation.
Wednesday, prime example: Youngest daughter sad, because she didn’t think Daddy kissed her goodbye. It threw her into a very dramatic scene that caused her to “not” be able to dress herself for school. Of course, I knew she was capable of dressing herself, so I took the stance that I wasn’t going to help her. I was busy with breakfast and she needed to listen, get herself dressed, and get her emotions under control.
15 minutes later, both of us are still unhappy.
In the aftermath, I thought about humility and gentleness. Why couldn’t I have taken the stance that she was just sad and needed some comfort, some extra attention and help with dressing…even though she’s 6 1/2 and capable of doing it herself?
Jesus said to Paul: “My power is made perfect in weakness.”
The realization: If I had humbled myself, had compassion on her and helped out, God’s love and power would have shown through my “weakness.”
“But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
John 3:21 NIV
“He must become greater; I must become less.”
John 3:30 NIV
You lived your life as one of service and humility…one of gentleness and overwhelming love for all mankind. When I choose to follow Your lead and example, I know Your power will be glorified through my weakness. Please help me to let go of my prideful nature…to become less, so that You may become greater.
– Beckie (look2thehills)