I Am Not Strong
People often use that word to describe me.
But honestly, I’m anything but strong.
That’s a vulnerable statement as a leader. Leaders are supposed to be strong, right? Everyone looks to a leader to be strong. And once you’re described as strong, that’s the role you play for everyone in your life. You’re counted on to be strong.
But the pressure of needing to be strong ALL THE TIME is enough to make anyone implode.
That’s because strong is a facade. People who are strong are perceived to be strong for one of two reasons:
1) They rely on God’s strength. It’s not their own, it’s His. They find their peace and rest in Him and discover immense strength in the moments they need it… because they realize it’s God working through them rather than them working in their own might.
And then there’s the other type of strong…
2) Those who rely on their own strength. Those who pretend to be strong and have it all together because they are afraid of appearing weak, lacking control or incompetent. These people make themselves crazy trying to be strong all the time for everyone. They put on a great show but underneath it’s empty… shallow… fragile… anything but strong.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10
“‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” Zechariah 4:6
Where do you find your strength? In your own power or God’s?