As a varsity wrestler in high school, I was fortunate to be named to the first-team, all-city squad. I won a lot of matches, but it took important lessons to get to that level.
Early on, I struggled with some of the moves. I started out trying to push the big guys around using my strength. My inability to beat my opponent wasn't for lack of effort, because no one on the team worked harder than I did.
But all my effort was to no avail until my coach pulled me aside one day. He said if I could focus my energy on two basic moves—the arm drag/duck under and a pivoting stand-up—I would do fine. Both moves made me look and feel vulnerable. But you know what? Coach was right. By concentrating on two moves that had been some of the hardest for me to master, I became a pretty good wrestler. By changing my focus I changed my outcome.
This is an important principle in the Christian life as well. Our goal is to "win" for God. By becoming vulnerable and depending on God, we are able to discover the places where he can do his work through us.
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Omnipotent God, protect me from ever thinking I have it all together or that I can do life on my own. And during those times I am painfully aware of my weakness, use my weakness to display your strength and power.
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