Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Embrace Weakness

On Feb. 28, the Desiring God blog published Jonathan Parnell’s “Embracing Weakness Will Change Your Life.” Parnell’s discussion centers on the Christian life in general, but the concepts he explores have tremendous affects on our relationships. As fallen humans, the health of our relationships — with God and with other people — depends on how fully we see ourselves as weak and dependent on God. Parnell explains it this way:

When we are stuck on ourselves, we create a ceiling for God’s potential. We define possibilities by our capabilities, not his. And if you stare at yourself long enough, your capacity to dream will dwindle down to nothing. That is a safe and sad way to live, refusing to let your dreams extend beyond what you know for certain you can do on your own. It’s also a sign that you mistake yourself to be stronger than you are...

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