I often think about all the things I have done wrong. I think about the things I said that were hurtful, the card I forgot to send, the phone call I avoided making. When I am tired or feeling low, these things seem to circle around in my head. I don’t remember the joy of giving a gift I made or the gratitude with which it was received, but rather the mistakes it contains. Talking to friends, it seems we are all prone to remembering the things that went wrong, rather than the things we have done well.
Yet this passage is about celebrating those things. Paul asks God to take away his weakness. But this isn’t what God wants. God loves our weaknesses, that we might be given God’s strength. God seeks our humility and willingness to give of our imperfect talents to do God’s work in our world.
Strengthening God, help us to look to you when we feel weak and helpless. Let your strength fill us as we look to do your work. Amen. — ERP