I have a problem with consistency.
Before you say, “Now, don’t go being down on yourself…” hear me out.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2nd Corinthians 12:9
Faith is only made strong when it is tested, and our personal downfalls are EXACTLY the kind of tests we need to become closer to God and his Love. We face tests and challenges from the world around us almost daily, and in those times it may be easy to be Faithful in God’s power in our lives. But what about when YOU are the test? I know from experience, it is very difficult to put YOU in God’s hand and ask him to change YOU. That’s one of the strongest tests on our faith. I have to really think to myself, “Do I trust that God can fix me and am I willing to put in the hard work to be more like Christ?” Sometimes, it’s much easier to pray for others, and wash our hands thinking we have done our duty. Things will work out, God will fix it. Its easier because we don’t have to put in the work that God requires to fix the problems that you are praying for. When you pray for yourself, the only 2 who can work towards the fruition of that prayer are GOD and YOU. He will not just wave a magic wand of Deliverance and POOF! You’re healed, He will make you uncomfortable in your old ways, He will show you the consequences of your old ways, and He will CONVICT YOUR SPIRIT in the presence of your old ways!
I have great intentions, I’m a master planner, and I have an amazing work ethic. I know my strengths and I use them to my advantage. But none of that changes the fact that I know I have a problem with being consistent, and following through with the things that I start. It’s not a desirable trait, and it isn’t something I am proud of, but it is a part of me nonetheless and I would be doing myself a great injustice if I didn’t acknowledge my own shortcomings.
Someone once told me, a long time ago “If you know your weaknesses you can build your strengths around it”. I rediscovered this quote recently and it really convicted my spirit. How long have I been ignoring my weaknesses? Why have I been avoiding evaluating myself?
It took a lot of praying and thinking for me to really see myself for who I am, but in my talks with God , I kept coming back to one thing that’s holding me from my full potential. My little habit of forgetting a task that I started, or sometimes deliberately ignoring some unpleasant task (yikes! Did I just admit that?), is the #1 thing that is seriously holding me back from getting were I want to be on my walk with God, in my marriage, in my children’s lives, and most of all, with my personal goals. This doesn’t make me a bad person, and it certainly doesn’t make me a failure at all. In fact, once I identified what it is about me that could possibly hold me back from realizing my full potential, I felt free. Now that I know my weakness, I can pray about it. I can put it on the altar, and ask God to help me with it.
So I said all that to say, I am PUBLICLY and PROUDLY saying to all my readers, that GOD IS WORKING IN MY LIFE. He is working on me, and my inconsistencies. He can work with you for all of your weaknesses as well. So in addition to my other prayer requests, I am praying on my weaknesses and that they turn to my strengths. I am also praying to find a home church that I can join with my family. We have gone to a few different churches in the past 2 years, so I am hoping that we can finally stop searching and join a beautiful church family. Will you pray with us?
What are your own shortcomings? What are some things you can do to remain accountable throughout your prayers?