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Romans 15:1

 We are all weak human beings but through the Holy Spirit, the Lord blesses us with His strength. The keyword in that sentence is His, His strength. It isn't my strength, it isn't your strength, but it is the Lord's strength. I often find myself forgetting how badly I need the Lord's strength, but I remembered while climbing Agua, that's for sure. I also tend to forget that nothing is actually mine, including strength.

I struggle to use that strength and give it to those who are weak. I often use His strength in my life to focus on myself. I take that strength and I run with it. So let's face it, I'm selfish. I use the strength to patch myself up. Forgetting that even in His strength, I am still human. Forgetting that regardless I am still weak in my own strength without the Lord. Forgetting that the Lord has blessed me with His strength to help others, and to build up my neighbor.

I am called to bear in the failings of the weak with the strength of the Lord. Galatians 6:2 states "bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." This isn't a simple suggestion, this is an order that the Lord gives us. We are in constant need of one another and in constant need of a fresh filling of the Lord's strength in our day-to-day lives. But let's make another thing very clear, it's okay to be weak. It's okay to need others, and if I'm honest, if I learned anything from last week, it was that.

I constantly forget that it's okay to not be okay because I'm not the only one called to help others. We are all called to watch out for one another so by taking my eyes off of myself I'm not leaving myself unguarded. Both the Lord and the people around me will have my back. As I am watching after them, they are watching after me. And more often than not others are better at watching out for me than I am.


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