Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | June 3, 2019

When Our Abilities Appear Limited

“Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9b (ESV)

Amazing grace – what a sweet sound from a blind father surrounded by his singing family. As he strummed out the tune on his guitar, four little ones and their mama joined in and the beauty of the words captivated us all. Perfect pitch absolutely not. A little out of key at times probably. But when a soul cries out their deepest praise…..we can’t help but be mesmerized.

Losing his sight didn’t quiet the worship of this dad’s soul. Reaching for a chair didn’t seem to embarrass him in front of the congregation. Inabilities or disabilities didn’t squelch his desire to serve God.
Don’t know about you but excuses can definitely loom large when our abilities appear limited. We can stack a long list of whys rationalizing our perceived inadequacies. We tend to accentuate what’s lacking and bow out quietly. Self absorbed, we can survey us and decide our lacking just can’t be used. Better yet we cling to the fear of failing or missing the note and choose the sideline.

Wow – can’t even imagine what we miss when we chose to zero in on us. Just gotta believe this blind one has his eyes aimed at Jesus. So if he can look up and sing out shouldn’t our excuses fade too. Incredible example for those little ones seeing their dad singing and playing freely without intimidation. Eyes witnessing his faith looming large rather than being diminished by life’s obstacles. What we can see – he cannot – worship exploding all around.

Sad to wonder what others miss when we chose to zero in on us rather than trust God with our lack. Encouragement to keep moving forward is forfeited. Hope to never give up evades them. Moments of pure unaltered worship flowing from hearts devoted to serve – we’d miss it all if we decide our excuses outweigh His calling.

Perfection will never be our performance. Everybody misses a beat, skips a note, forgets their message or simply fall flat on faces bowed down. It’s the rhythm of doing life in this world. But God isn’t into our performance – He’s all about our hearts humbly offering ourselves to Him. Accepting His invitations to step out of comfort and rely totally on Him. Amazing grace positioning us to glorify our God despite our weaknesses.

“Father, I can do nothing without You. All I have, I lay at Your feet – take all of me and use me to draw others closer to You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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