The other day, I came across an interview from 100 Huntley Street. In this particular interview, Paul Lafrance discussed his relationship with God and how it has changed his life, as he has gone from a young adult who knew nothing about building or design, to owning his own company and being the host of several shows on HGTV. In this interview, Paul talks about how he deepened his relationship with God, on an especially emotional day.
When Paul met with God during a walk in the forest, he said to God, “I cannot live up to the calling that you’ve put on me. I cannot live up to it because this is what’s in my heart.” Thinking that he had nothing to offer God, Paul wanted to “disqualify himself,” for what God had planned for him.
God, in response, said to him, “Today, is the day I choose you. Every other time you have chosen and have said ‘yes’ to me, you have said yes thinking that you have something in you to offer. Today you are being asked to say yes, fully aware that in and of yourself, you’ve got nothing.” Paul says that in that day, his whole life changed.
Paul goes on to say that all that God wants from Him, is to be “completely real, completely vulnerable and completely authentic.” To, “put your failings on the table.”
This resonated with me because as Christians, many of us believe that we have to be perfect all of the time; disliking ourselves if we are not. In reality, no one is perfect, and we all have those parts of our lives that we want to hide from God because we are ashamed of them. God knows this full well, but He wants us to expose these failings instead of hiding behind them. All that God wants from us is to be authentic with Him because in our authenticity He can begin to do incredible work in our lives.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says, “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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
These are incredible words to live by, as God asks that we show weakness. It is in our weakness that Christ can shine through us!
What are the failings that you have hidden from God? Are you exposing your weaknesses or hiding them to appear strong? God wants to be our best friend, our Father, our comforter; let Him take your weaknesses and make them into something that we do not have to be ashamed of.
In vulnerability there is beauty. In weakness there is strength.
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