Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. “So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT
A familiar trend on New Year’s Day is to make resolutions for the new year. We excitedly make promises to ourselves concerning things that we have attempted to accomplish year after year. There is one weakness that all humanity shares: No matter what we do or how hard we try, our excitement doesn’t last. In fact, for many, it does not take much for us to become discouraged.
Last year, I made the decision to lose weight for the billionth time and following my physician’s advice, I explored the option of having a gastric sleeve. However, there was something that I did not realize; the preparation for the surgery involved eating teeny-tiny amounts of food for 3-4 weeks prior to the surgery. As I continued to read the post-operative precautions and guidelines, I made the decision to opt-out.
I was discouraged and just tired of fighting the battle with little to no results. As the tears flowed like a river, I began to pray for help; God immediately answered my prayer. I received a call from my best friend and as I sadly explained my dilemma, she said, “Sonya we have the ability to retrain our tastebuds.” The light began to shine through into the darkness of my despair. My hopelessness changed into hopefulness; I had a viable option that I could utilize to accomplish a permanent lifestyle change.
One year later, I am 50 lbs lighter and yes, my tastebuds have acquiesced-they now enjoy the flavors of my homemade fruit popsicles, the bittersweetness of my leafy greens, and the aromatics of brown basmati rice along with my well-seasoned legumes.
Like the Apostle Paul conveyed to us, he could boast–tell others of his weaknesses and how the power of Christ gives us the ability to grow into Overcomers. We can do nothing of ourselves without failing over and over again. Many of us have taken on burdens that God never intended for us to have.
I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging for bread. Psalm 37:5 NIV
It is God and God alone who is the source of power!
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019
Bible Verse: I can (and will) do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Prayer for today: Dear God, We have taken on too many responsibilities and have failed to remember that you are great and full of mercy and loving-kindness. We give our lives and it’s difficulties to you and we ask you to help us according to your will. We also ask you to forgive us of our many sins and shortcomings. Thank you for the blessings of life, health, and strength. We ask this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.