2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)
9 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. 10 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.
If you have been reading my blog, you know that I find inspiration, encouragement, motivation, and peace in scripture. There are so many verses within the Bible that build momentum in entrepreneurs. The above verse, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 inspires me in a big way and I felt I should share this with my readers!
Looking at the Title you might think….”Delight in my Weakness? Shouldn’t we capitalize on our strengths?” Strange concept right!
However, what this verse tells me is the further I get away from my faith the less I am relying on God to work through me, in my business. I am convinced that I Am right where I am suppose to be in business, as it has been made very clear to me through my faith.
The blessings continue into our home, our hearts, and those around me as I mentor them to build their own business as well. One of the many things that keep me close to the word, is withing statement, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
A few weeks ago I was in our church service and the pastor summarized this very easily and clearly for everyone….. He said something to the effect of, when things are hard in our lives, sickness, financial difficulty, family struggles, business struggles, whatever the struggle may be, isn’t that when we find our selves praying harder? On our knees begging God for guidance, forgiveness, etc…?
Why? Why is our faith stronger in weakness? Should we not pray always? We immediately start relying on God as soon as we feel weak!? Could it be that God continues our struggle until we get closer to him? Like a father saying, “Son, it is so great to see you, it has been a while.” You see he knows the plan, he has made the plan.
I even find myself doing this! It’s our human nature!
It is natural to think we are weakest in our hardships, and difficulties, but the truth is we are our strongest because we begin to see God’s word, and our faith is stronger.
Dare I go out and say we are actually weakest in our high times in life? It is then that we stop praying, because we assume everything is going great. “Why pray….. I don’t need anything!” This is why we are weakest in high times, we are furthest from God’s word then. This is when we need to be cautious, to remain giving, and faithful!
It is so strange, we seek help in times of weakness, but have no trouble taking all the credit when things are seemingly going well! As is we did all the work without Him. Again, it is our human nature!
Search your heart, is your faith stronger, are you praying more because you want only high times, and success in life? Don’t be afraid of the hardships, know they will come, but the plan is great.
So in life, and in business, I try to always remain humble, and seek God’s guidance. I ask him to show me where I can do my greatest work through his plan. This is how I know I am where I am suppose to be!
Everyday I empower women and men to start and grow their own business! The gift of financial freedom, family time, as well as non-monetary things like self confidence, and so much more!
In my post, “Unconventional Mentors” I slightly referenced how bullying is a real thing especially in schools. At the time I didn’t see anything good in it, as my school days were unbearable at times. As I grew older I realized how grateful I was for having been the victim of bullying for so long, as it honestly strengthened me. I am unaffected by people and their opinions because I see them as people as well. What I mean, is they too deserve God’s grace, and I pray for them, because I know I cannot help them only he can.
Today, I am a strong, RESILIENT, leader free from needing validation from people. The only thing I seek is God’s guidance and grace.
As I stated in a previous post titled, “Be Strong and Courageous,” although I was scared to launch a business and turn away down a guaranteed salary, I prayed on it, and took my beautiful leap of faith! I am more certain everyday that I made the right choice with His guidance.
I may be scared some days, but I stay focused on my faith, and keep on my mission!
In business there will always be obstacles, weaknesses, hardships, and more. But I encourage you to, “Delight in your weakness,” because I believe God is doing his greatest works in you then. Stay close to him and his word, thank him for the plan he has set forth and his grace. Have faith that something AMAZING is going to come of this time!
Like the scripture says, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”