"For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:10 (ESV)
The question isn't whether we have weaknesses, but will we accept that we have them?
I think the reason we struggle so much with how to deal with our weakness is because we've been fed an incorrect definition of the word. We've been taught that if there is something wrong with us we must simply figure it out. We have been shamed into the lie that if we have a weakness we aren't strong enough and we need to figure it out on our own. I would argue however that it takes more strength and courage to admit we are weak at something than it is to fake that we have it all together.
First, we are not good at everything; no one is. Despite what we've been told all of our life, we aren't perfect at everything and we all have flaws.
* Take a BIG sigh of relief *
Acknowledging that we don't have it all together takes a lot of the pressure off of us to keep up this perfect and positive portrait of ourself for others to see. When we admit our struggles, we'll see that we aren't the only ones that have them.
Being vulnerable and transparent with others about our imperfections will reveal that others are struggling with the same things that we are; None of us have it all together.
After we acknowledge that we have weaknesses, it is much easier to accept them. This is crucial because only when we accept that we are weak will we be able to encourage others around us that are also struggling. This may be difficult for some of us to do because of the connotation on the word weakness. What we must do is understand that when we are weak we are strong. One of the most powerful verses in the Bible I believe is "my power is made perfect in your weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9). This is so encouraging because Jesus is saying that His power is actually ,made perfect when we are weak!
If we truly want to walk in freedom and see the power of God in our life, we must accept that we are imperfect with flaws and are in need of help and healing from a perfect, loving Father.
How to Embrace our Weakness
First, we can't see our weakness as a bad thing or a disease. There is nothing wrong with us because we don't have it all together. Because we are weak, we are actually qualified to see the power of God in our life more than if we deny that we have struggles.
Secondly, we must have people around us that we trust (and I mean real people, not our instagram followers). Doing life alone can be very dangerous and depressing; I've been there. When we have people around us to voice our struggles to, it keeps our minds free from overthinking everything. Voicing your struggles out loud to people almost makes it more real than simply thinking it to yourself.
Most importantly, we must ask God for help and put it in His hands. We must come to the conclusion that we cannot overcome everything in life on our own. With situations and circumstances always changing, we need a stable source in the midst of all of it; God. Without Him, we will constantly question whether we are doing enough and will lean on the opinions of others. The beauty of Jesus is that He doesn't ask us to be perfect, ever. Rather, He simply wants our heart and for us to surrender of of our struggles and weaknesses to Him so He can heal us. This doesn't always mean that God will eliminate our weakness, but it does guarantee that we have a loving Father who won't ever condemn us for coming to Him with our insecurities, fears, or struggles.
Jesus Wants You, All of You
We cannot always control what we struggle with or what is thrown at us in life. What we can control however is who we choose to run to when we do struggle. The beauty of Jesus is that He doesn't ever ask us to have it all together. He wants us to bring all of our garbage, baggage, and flaws to Him. Jesus won't always take away our "flaws", but He'll change our perspective to see that they were never flaws in the first place.
Jesus loves us just the way we are, broken and all.