the weaker you are the more powerful you are

May 14, 2015 Riley

I am a weak, flawed, imperfect, messed-up young man…Is that bad?  NO!  I am supposed to be that way.  If I were the opposite why would I ever need the grace of God?  Jesus Christ would have died in vain.  If I never needed to turn towards my Heavenly Father and beg for forgiveness or plead for help I would have never established the close relationship I have with him.  If I was capable of everything I would surely fail.  I cannot trust in the flesh over God for I will inevitably fail.

“Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:5

If it weren’t for what the grace of God has done for me I would never have achieved what I have.  I can only make it so far until I reach the unfinished bridge and there is no way to cross,  God is the only vehicle to get over the bridge.

“Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.” -Alma 26:12

I am grateful for my weaknesses and shortcomings.  It shows me I’m human and have more work to do in order to achieve godhood.  I thank my Heavenly Father for my flaws because it’s the only way for me to stay humble and rely on His help.  It’s great to have weaknesses because God has promised to make them strengths for me.

“And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”-Ether 12:27

I have seen so many of my weaknesses turn to strengths.  The more weaknesses that become strengths the closer I am to becoming Godlike!  I take pride in my flaws and embrace them for they will become strengths and a way to bless the lives of many others with the same issues.  Who would have thought that our imperfections could be a positive thing?  God did, that’s why He gave them to us.  God has much more invested into our eternal perfection than we do.  God lives!

“The weak things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones, that man should not counsel his fellow man, neither trust in the arm of flesh—” -Doctrine and Covenants 1:19