You would think after 52 years on the planet I would be able to neatly fold a fitted sheet. Unfortunately the answer is “no”. It’s not from lack of practice- I certainly have done my fair share of laundry- and it’s not from lack of training- my husband has shown me his technique of folding sheets with military precision. And it’s not from lack of effort- I try, in my own feeble manner, I try to fold the sheet so it doesn’t look like an explosive cotton blob attempting to take over my linen closet. The truth is, fitted sheet folding is one of my many weaknesses.
Granted, it’s not a drastic flaw but it is a weakness none the less. We all have weaknesses. They’re not fun but they are there. What if someone told you that your purpose, drive, true calling for being on this planet was to repeatedly use this weakness. What if that someone was God? I Corinthians 1:27 says “God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” Surely that’s a typo. Why would God use a weakness when He could easily use a strength? Wouldn’t it be better for God to use our gifts for our callings? After all our gifts are the things that bring us recognition, accomplishment and success. Our confidence goes up, our discouragement goes down and life is a happier place when we use our gifts. Fortunately there are sweet times when God uses our gifts but are we willing to offer the rest? Are we willing to offer to God our weaknesses?
Using our weaknesses leads to frustration, discouragement and YES, failure. Once your gifts are put aside low self-esteem reigns and humility becomes a mainstay of your diet. Nothing like living each day in weaknesses to make a guy feel humble. But as you keep doing this thing you’re not good at, what happens? The weakness becomes a strength or you become driven to use your strengths instead of your weaknesses. Either way you are transformed and the Lord shines through your life. People know and more importantly, you know you couldn’t have done it without Him.
What joy it must bring the Lord to see you overcome your fear of failure, to be tossed out of your comfort zone and to use your weaknesses for Him. I can hear Him boasting “Look at him go! They didn’t think he could do it but with my strength, guidance and courage he’s doing fine.”
Go ahead- give not just your strengths but your weaknesses to the Lord. It’ll surely make Him smile. So if you hear about me working in a new place dedicated to folding fitted sheets for the less fortunate- you’ll know the Lord is having more than a smile watching me- He’s having a full belly laugh! Ain’t it great.