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Today’s Truth

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-11

Friend to Friend

There was a time I took a spiritual gifts test through my church. I wasn’t caught off guard by my strengths, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a few previously low-scoring areas move up a little bit. Honestly speaking though, there were still some areas that were just plain low … pretty deficient actually.

I literally came up with the lowest possible number on “worship”. And really, it’s because I don’t have a lick of natural inclination, talent, or skill when it comes to musical expression. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still be a “worshipper.”

We all have a tendency to let our natural bent define us, but does that mean we can’t excel in the areas where we naturally fall short? I know the Lord delights in my gifts, but is He bummed out that I’m not dominating certain areas with spiritual awesomeness?

One day, I went to a sandwich shop to pick up lunch with my kids. The guy behind the counter making our lunch had a black eye patch covering one of his eyes. It looked just like a pirate patch. I noticed it and was inwardly cringing as my 2 year old would not take his eyes off of this man. I was terrified by the possibility of what my son might say.

And then he pointed. With a chubby innocent finger, he pointed straight at the man and said, “Cool hair. Cool hair Mommy.”

The knot in my throat loosened as I sighed relief and noted that indeed, this man had a head full of really awesome looking dreadlocks.

In that moment, I heard the Lord clearly say, “You may think I’m taking note of your shortcomings when I look at you….but really I’m admiring the things I love about you. I am delighting in you, and so often you think I’m staring and picking you apart. I don’t misjudge you, my love, it is you who are misjudging me.”

Why do we worry that the Lord would focus on our deficiencies? Or even more, that those areas of shortcoming would disqualify us from any service of Him?! That I’m not “gifted” in an area, or that I fall short isn’t a hall-pass to be sedentary. It’s like we think that we have to be fit to even join the gym…that our skills and life have to be in order to serve.

Yet…YET, I hear the Great Qualifier say to me…to us, “My sweet ones, I delight in you. I don’t notice that you can’t sing…I see the worshipper inside of your heart. So come, and worship…I delight in all of YOU.”

Let us allow our passion for Him to bring fame to his name. Let us rely on the wonder of Him to fan the flame of Christ’s work in our lives…not any ability of our own. “Every good and perfect gift is from above” anyhow.

Let’s allow our lives to receive these gifts, only to point upwards to Him. And let us NOT allow that upward gaze to stray back to what we do or don’t do well. All to His glory…. ALL to His glory.

Our natural ability cannot define our response to Him. I don’t have to lead worship to be a worshipper. He sees the beauty in each of us, and even in our weaknesses, HE makes us strong. He doesn’t notice our eye patch, my friends, He’s admiring our cool hair.

Let’s Pray

Lord, thank you that you are gracious in our shortcomings. We confess that we forget that there is no condemnation for those that are in You–help us remember this and walk in freedom! Thank you for genuinely delighting in us. Let us rest in that. We are secure in You.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

Now It’s Your Turn

What parts of you do you feel are “not enough?” Take those things to the Lord, and ask Him to show you the truth about how He sees you. What parts of you are worth celebrating? Speak them out loud and, by all means, celebrate them!

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Logan Wolfram would give you full access to her pantry if you lived next door. She is a plate-juggling mom and interior decorator turned author, speaker, and host of the Allume Conference. She is a passionate leader who desires to see women live fully in Christ. Logan and her husband, Jeremy, divide their time between wrangling two inquisitive boys and a 175-pound dog named Titan. They reside in Greenville, South Carolina. She blogs at www.LoganWolfram.com

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14 Responses to “Passion for His Fame”

  1. Andrea says:

    All to often I focus on what we aren’t good enough at, where I lack. I don’t look at what I am actually good at. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Melissa says:

    Thank you for this. Every day I look forward to these devotions. I just wanted to let you know, though, that the reference at the top of the devotion say “2 Corinthians 2:9-11”, but it should be “2 Corinthians 12:9-11”; the “1” is missing in “12”. I like to read the context passage of the verse for the day, so I noticed that when I went to find it in my Bible. I just wanted to let people know that in case they were looking, too. Again, thanks for the devotions, both you and the other two wonderful women who share them with us! 🙂

  3. Mary says:

    Her beautiful verse was actually taken from 2 Corinthians 12 (not 2).
    Thank you for your beautiful words of strength!

  4. Darlene says:

    Thank you for this message. It’s a beautiful message about how God focuses on us – so different from the world. The scriptures are located in 2 Corinthians 12:9-11. You have 2:9-11 listed. I was blessed by 2 Corinthians 2 also and also blessed by the search to find out where they really were located.

  5. Melody says:

    Loved this devotion so much I wanted to highlight the scripture in my Bible but couldn’t find it. Thankfully Google did – LOL! I’m sure it’s just a typo that Chapter 2 should actually be 12. Thank you for reminder to focus on our strengths!

    • GiGs says:

      Yes, Thank you for the grace, it was a typo. The scripture reference should have been 2 Corinthians 12:9-11. Blessings 🙂

  6. Kathy M says:

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder! I live with a hyper critical person and I have to constantly remind my self that God loves me the way I love my children. I also need to check myself and ask for forgiveness when I find myself judging others. God bless you!

  7. Tamie says:

    I often look at the fact that I didn’t graduate from college with a degree in anything I have a certificate in Early Childhood Education Early Intervention and Dietary Management. But the jobs that I have worked and I have done a good job cause me to feel inadequate not good enough, the way the world see us and reflects how we sometimes view ourselves. I am so glad he is not looking at my inadequateness but he see me made in his image and likeness and I am loved not because of, but in spite of he is not condemning me. Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy and thank you Logan for this wonderful devotional.

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