One of the world’s greatest speakers from ancient Greece was Demosthenes even though he was born with a severe speech defect. To overcome his problem he would practice speaking with small pebbles in his mouth. After years of practice he overcame his difficulty.
The Apostle Paul said of himself: “I did not come with eloquence…” my “bodily presence is weak and (my) speech contemptible…” and “though my condition put you to the test you did not scorn or despise me.” Yet he was and is recognized as one of the greatest missionaries, theologians and teachers who ever lived.
Handicapped? Have problems? Lacking in skills and talents? Need to improve on the gifts God has given you? Listen to Jesus: “My grace is all you need, for my power is strongest when you are weak.”
When we look at ourselves and feel inadequate, we need to turn our thoughts to God and realize that we are His handiwork. He has important work for each of us to do. But we must be willing to give our all to Him and let Him work His miracles through us.
Prayer: Help me, Father, to take what You have given me, work with it, and use it to honor You in all that I do. You have been gracious in what You have given me, and I give it back to You for Your glory. Amen.
Scripture for Today: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.