Last week as I was reading the news, I came across the inspirational story of Team Hoyt. Team Hoyt is a father/ son team who has competed together in marathons and triathlons all over the U.S. for 37 years, but it is different than you might think. They don’t run side by side, swim next to each other or ride on their own bikes. Actually, Dick pushes his son Rick’s wheelchair as they run, pulls him in a raft as he swims, and carries him on his bike as they race. Rick was born a quadriplegic due to cerebral palsy, but Dick decided that his son, Rick, was going to have a ‘normal’ life despite his disabilities. Instead of seeing Rick’s weaknesses, Dick found strength in his son. It isn’t what Rick can’t do, it is what Dick and Rick can accomplish together. Their story reminded me of these verses in the Bible:
2nd Corinthians 12:9-10 says—
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Weakness is often viewed as a bad thing, but when we are weak, we see how strong we really are. It is in those moments that I am so thankful for the powerful, mighty God we serve. That in weakness, God is pouring out His strength over each one of us. I will learn to embrace weakness more, so that I may grow closer to Him. I will learn to embrace my children’s weaknesses and show them how God can use our weaknesses for greater purposes. I am inspired to know that when we are at our weakest, God is carrying us through, giving us the strength to live life to the fullest.
Don’t run or hide from weakness, embrace it, “for when I am weak, then I am strong.”