Your Thorn

“Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan,to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor. 12: 7-10, NIV)

There are little things that make us frustrated, fearful, anxious, and things that make us feel inferior. There are physical or personal characteristics that you do not like about yourself. We all have negative attributes we do not like, which often leads us to hide from our inner circles, our family, and even ourselves. Many times we feel that everyone sees these negative attributes that only you and I see and know.

Those small details can be a few extra pounds, your hair or skin color, an aspect of your personality; such as shyness, the force with which you project yourself, your tone of voice, or that shrill laughter you cannot control. Perhaps these aspects are only seen by your immediate family, your parents, or social circle; even still, there are a few things you would like to change about yourself and your environment. We all struggle with complexes. Sometimes, God uses our struggles and complexes to get our attention so that he can then work in these areas until that day in which we are comforted with our true nature.

The story of the Apostle Paul relays that he had a discomfort, a torment in his life that would not leave him alone. This shows us that even great men of God that are recorded in the Bible had struggles and fights from which they wanted to be freed from. Further analysis of the story shows us an important aspect which teaches us a great lesson. God did not remove the discomfort, nor change the bothersome situation but, taught him how to properly see past what for him was an ugly or difficult weakness.

God wants to tell you the same thing, do not focus on those ugly or weak areas in our lives that we cannot change. Focus on the beauty that you produce or your ability to produce beyond your limitations. Accept your limitations and get together with people who are successful in those areas. I have good news; your weakness is the best thing that God can use to express his greatest glory through you. That limitation, which the Apostle Paul called a stinger, is what God needs in his hands for the manifestation of your miracle. Do not become frustrated or paralyzed; rather focus on the goals and objectives you want to achieve.

Focusing on the negative was first done by you, accepted in your mind, and projected in attitudes or lack of action, before being noticed by others. Focus on what you have instead of on what you do not have and maximize what you do have so that it may become your focal point. In the end they will notice what you project and not what is concealed. They did not see you before you discovered yourself, or know you before God, for the Bible says: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well”. (Psalm 139:13-14, NIV). The definitions of beauty can vary from one individual to another. Declare this in your life every day, “I know that for myself, I am the most beautiful person in the world, I am indifferent to the eyes of others.”

Assume the attitude of the psalmist David being fully convinced that God created him and he was wonderful. Therefore, the most important thing in your life is that God already knew you and was the architect who designed you. Heaven loved you, accepted you, and applauded you on the day you were born. Go ahead and succeed! You are your best cheerleader; nobody else will do it for you. If that obstacle or defect is not an obstacle for you, it does not matter if others think contrary to you; it will never be an obstacle for you. You will conquer all fears or inferior complexes.

Finally, when you feel insecure, or unable to achieve something, God says: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Cor. 12:9, NIV)

Today I invite you to declare what the Bible says: “Let the weak say I am strong” (Joel 3:10, NIV). Your limitation in God is your glory in Him. Your limitation is the power of God in you.

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