One of my favorite speakers didn’t have the easiest beginning. Nick was born with tetra-amelia syndrome. This syndrome is a rare disorder that is characterized by the lack of limbs. Nick was born with no arms and legs. Nick Vujicic struggled in his childhood years until he came to terms with this disability. At the age of seventeen he started his nonprofit, Life Without Limbs. He has written several books, has a few songs recorded, and is an amazing motivational speaker. Nick is a great reminder to me about my own weakness.

We can get consumed with what we can’t do or what we are not good at doing. I have a go to list of woes. I didn’t write for years because I struggle with grammar and spelling. I know my spelling is awful because sometimes Microsoft Word doesn’t even understand what I’m attempting to spell. It just underlines the word in red and says, “No Spelling Suggestions.” Thanks for the help Microsoft!

I was a C student, dropped out of college, and struggle to stay focused. That’s just a few of my weaknesses and if I’m not careful, I can fixate on those things. I can feel unworthy to ever type another word. I can feel like a failure. What weaknesses of yours do you fixate on and believe disqualifies you?

Weaknesses are not an excuse to stop you from chasing your dreams. With a few tweaks, a weakness can become a strength. When we are aware of a weakness, we lean on our God instead of our strength. We end up pursuing our craft with humility when we have an awareness of shortcomings. It is easier for you and I to remember that if we aren’t leaning on God we have nothing.

Lean on God to turn a weakness into a strength.

A weakness also forces you to be more creative than you would otherwise be. My reaction when I am strong in an area is to muscle my way through things. Muscling your way through life is a good way to be tired and discouraged.

Creativity gets you and I further than muscles. I know you are yoked and this is a disappointment, but it’s an advantage to most of us. Weaknesses give us no choice but to be creative. Instead of focusing on the problem of your weaknesses, you and I need to focus on creatively seeking solutions.

What doors may creatively working around your weakness open? When we aren’t creative, we see a single door and push with all of our might. However, when we are creative, we find that there are multiple doors.

Focus on a solution to your weakness and open up a better opportunity.

Muscling our way to our dreams lures us into the trap that we are able to achieve our dream on our own. We try to lone wolf it and fail. When you know you’re weak, you lean on other people.

My wife corrects my blog posts and I hired an editor for my book. I have hired coaches and brought in friends to help me. I have a team and I know I need them. You need a team to help you with your weaknesses as well.

Weaknesses remind us of our need for others.

If you think you don’t have any weaknesses your weakness is blindness. That is one of the hardest deficiencies to work around. Surround yourself with people that can speak into your blindspots.

Never let your weakness stop you from chasing your dreams. The apostle Paul had a thorn in his side that God did not remove and he had this to say. “But he said to me, ‘My grace sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, 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 Corinthians 12:9-11.

Embrace your weakness and look to God. Be blessed on your journey.

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Originally posted on zechariahnewman.com