Thursday, May 3, 2012

I will boast gladly of my weakness

I grew up with asthma as a kid, which kept me from participating in most sports. Then I discovered my passion for long-distance bicycling, shortly after high school. I didn't know it at the time, but I was slowly building up strength in my lungs. I could control the amount of effort I put out, without causing an asthma attack, yet just enough to let them grow stronger and healthier.

When I gave up cycling around the year 1990, my lungs slowly grew weaker. About 7 years ago during that spring, I began having asthma attacks again, something I hadn't experienced in many years. I couldn't get a full night's sleep for over a week, until I finally surrendered and got an inhaler. I was trying not to resort to that again, but I needed to sleep so I could function.

Well, as you know, I'm back to my old tricks again - riding the miles away like I was able to 30 years ago. I still have my weakness. But in that weakness, I have found my strength. The Lord has given me a second chance, and He is the source of that strength. I will boast gladly of my weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
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.

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