It’s sometimes hard, but it’s so good to identify our strengths and our weaknesses. It’s so easy to say what we’re good at, and what our strengths are, but we never like to tell people what areas we’re weak in and what we struggle with. I’m gonna be honest with you guys and tell you what my weaknesses and strengths are. And it’s ok to talk about your strengths and be proud and appreciative with what God’s given you. So lets start out with strengths because that’s always the better one 😉
One of my strengths is that I’ve learned how to be a good friend & how to be there for my friends, not only when everything is good, but also when they need someone there with and for them. I’m not at all saying this out of pride or selfishness, I just want you guys to know that it’s ok to identify your strengths and run with ’em!
Now, here’s one of my biggest weaknesses. Comparison. I know 99% of girls struggle with this so I’m here to help a sista out. I feel like some days I constantly compare myself to others. Not only body image, but personalities, circumstances, and many other things. People tell me allll the time “Steph, but you’re fine the way you are. You don’t need to be any different.” And stuff along those lines. Even though I’ve heard it a million times, it didn’t help me with anything until I heard someone say this –
Your greatest weakness is a strength redirected.
Dang. As soon as I heard that, I decided I wasn’t gonna let the lies that the devil keeps telling me affect me in such a great way. I know we still have weaknesses, but if we look at them as strengths that are redirected instead of weaknesses, that’s gonna be so helpful, and we can start to change. So, for example, the way I can use comparison as a strength is instead of saying “Oh, she’s prettier, skinnier, funnier, nicer… than I am” I can say, “Wow, she’s amazing, she’s nice, she’s gorgeous” without questioning myself. So we need to be building each other up instead of constantly being in that state of comparison.
Our brains take everything we say literally. Even if we don’t think so, it holds onto things & takes everything we say to ourselves literally. That’s why we need to wrap ourselves in truth & love. Everything we tell ourselves and believe starts out as a thought. Our thoughts become words, our words become actions. Our actions become habits, and our habits become our lifestyle. It’s so important to guard our minds and dwell on the truth. Each one of us is different from everyone, but that’s the exact way God made us and He made us that way for a purpose. In my days of dealing with this, here’s the truth I love to remind myself of.
- For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:10
- The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. – Psalm 23:1
- Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, or what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air. They neither sow nor reap, nor gather into barns and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? – Matthew 6:25
- Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. -Philippians 4:8
I promise you, I don’t have all this figured out & I still struggle with my weaknesses sometimes, but it’s so much easier when I remember how I can view my weaknesses, and that I have Gods truth to lean on and lead me.