“You were given this life, because you are strong enough to live it.”
I’ve heard that quote. I’ve said it to people. I’ve said it to myself. If you’re close to me in real life, I may have said it to you.
I guess you could say that one of my “spiritual gifts” is encouragement. I’m probably going to receive pom poms and a megaphone upon my entry into Heaven. I’ll be the one cheering you through the gate, telling you what a great job you did, and that you can make it the last few steps to meet Jesus! I’m kidding, of course, but ask anyone. I’m an encourager. You can! You CAN! YOU CAN!!!!! You were given this life, because you are strong enough to live it.
But here’s a twist. You’re not. You’re not strong enough. I’m not strong enough. We can’t do this. It cannot be done. This world is hard…impossible…and none of us are strong enough for it.
Some reflection this past couple of weeks has brought me to a new conclusion. I’ve been struggling, healthwise. It’s not anything too serious, but it’s painful, and a little scary. I’ve lost sleep. There have been pills, and tests, and more pills, diet changes, more pills…and more tests are coming. My conclusion? I’m weak. I can’t do this. I’m not a super hero. I have a breaking point. My Wonder Woman uniform SOOOOO does not fit right now!
What if I’m not strong enough? What if it’s by design? See, me being the cheerleader, I have this tendency to cheer for myself too. I think I can do anything…everything. But, taken too far, that’ll get you in trouble. You can spend your whole life thinking you’re invincible. But the truth, at least for me, is that I was given this life to remind me that I am weak enough to need Him, and maybe you are too. And maybe real strength is taking off the super hero uniform, and admitting God is the only reason we are able to do anything at all.