Tuesday’s Torch 528
March 19, 2019
Today was a very difficult day for me. Some good parts but other extremely challenging parts. I’ve had lots of regrets about mistakes of the past. Sadness over the consequences for me and others. Things I wish I had known how to fix sooner. What I wouldn’t give to be able to go back and make some changes. But time travel is not really a thing that we do.
With that said, let us move into the scriptures. In the New Testament, Paul discusses having a weakness of the flesh that he asked God to remove from him. The response is found in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
I have said far too much far too many times about my issues in the past. I’ve expressed fear that those who know of my weaknesses and mistakes will see me as a hypocrite and thus shrug off any advice that I might give. To disregard what I share because, well, it is coming from me. To any who are of that mindset, my apologies, but I’m pleasantly surprised that you’re even reading and/or watching this devotional.
But as we read in those words spoken to Paul, God’s grace is sufficient for us. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. As He works to turn our weaknesses into strengths he is able to show forth his miraculous healing powers. Truly all things are possible.
My friend Tim Sader had some tremendous physical challenges. Typing the torch each week had him using an onscreen keyboard and highlighting and clicking each individual key using the computer mouse. Yet anyone who read the torches that he wrote can attest to several things: what a great man, what wonderful words, what an inspiration, and how we all miss him so much.
I’m trying my best to reach out and share positive messages. I’m trying to use the weaknesses and challenges I have overcome and the ones I am still working on as evidence that anything is possible. It would be amazing to be able to jump on here every Tuesday and with a smile on my face declare how everything has turned to Gold in my life. How all is well and maybe even hop up out of my wheelchair and jump up and down for joy.
But as I used to sing in a silly song I taught to my kids that lists the other members of my family as being able to jump but not daddy, I’m not gonna do any literal jumping. However, despite the fact that I’m still waiting for some blessings that may never come I do celebrate and my soul jumps for joy that God has provided a way for my weaknesses to be made strengths. That one of these days he can manifest his power to others through me. And that he can do the same through you.
Whatever your weakness, limitation, disability, addiction or just anything that you have to work through God can show his strengths through you as you acknowledge your weaknesses, fight through them, overcome them and let your light shine!
We don’t have to give in to our temptations and weaknesses. We can win!Help is available and God will be with us every step of the way. The Atonement is real! The price for our mistakes has been paid. The pain that we feel from them, that pain has already been felt by the Savior. So as you, or me, or any of us feel like nobody truly understands what it is like to be us, there is One who does know. Jesus Christ is our Savior. He is who makes it possible for us to overcome anything that is holding us back! All things are possible due to his sacrifice on our behalf.
Accept the gift he has given. Repent. Turn to him. Turn your sins over to him. Turn your weaknesses over to him. All your limitations, addictions and burdens, give them all to the one who freely offers to take them for you, who already has. I don’t speak as one who has been able to fully do this. I beat myself up every single day over things I wish I could go back and change. I hope it doesn’t make me a hypocrite. That it just makes me the same as everyone else that is trying their best to make it through.
Join me in renewing that effort to let Christ’s atonement work in our lives. God bless each of you. I leave my prayers that you will be guided and directed to do those things that God would have you do. Be strong in the Gospel! Make righteous decisions so that you may glorify your Father in Heaven. Put him first. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!
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