Today's guest post comes from Youssef Iskander - a high school student living just outside Toronto, who has guest posted before. Despite being young in age, Youssef displays quite a bit of maturity as he writes about our need to embrace not just our strengths in life, but also our weaknesses. If you too are interested in guest posting on my blog, please visit my Guest Post guidelines for more info.
"And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10
I find that we constantly lament our weaknesses when we compare ourselves to others. "I wish I was that good at…." "I wish I was as smart as…."
In short, we despise our weaknesses. Read More
Ever had one of “those mornings”? Where you can just tell it’s going to be a tough day?
You know the drill: your alarm rings, and you realize that you haven’t really slept all night because you were thinking about the pile of things you have to do. As you drag yourself out of bed, you feel the heaviness of your exhausted body weighing you down. You get ready in a hurry, hopeful that you can avoid the morning rush – which, of course, you cannot.
Now you’re stuck in traffic, and you haven’t moved for the past ten minutes. Now you’re going to be late, your shoulders are aching, you forgot to pack your lunch, your head is pounding because you didn’t get a chance to stop for coffee, and your phone is constantly ringing with reminders for you to check. This day cannot possibly get more stressful… Read More
It seems to me that we all have a natural desire to discover what makes us unique. To discover the strengths God uniquely knit into our DNA fabric…and, most importantly, how to use them … hopefully, for God’s glory. A few months back, I attended a conference done by The Hope Association entitled: “MOMENTUM” with the goal to do just that. Since the conference, people have been talking about how they’ve been inspired by the God-given spiritual talents and gifts revealed to them at this conference.
My story is different. God has always given me a strong awareness of my strengths. In fact, for years now, I have been trying to use them for God’s glory, but failing at it…miserably failing at it! Read More
“LORD, give me strength. Give me power. Help me get through this. I can’t do it without you…” How many times have you uttered those words this week? This day? In the past 45 minutes?
Power. It's something everyone is looking for, but so many lack. God promises to give us power – that’s clear throughout Scripture – but then how come we find ourselves struggling so much? Struggling with sin, addictions, frustrations, hurt, failure. WHERE IS THE POWER????
(children of the 90s – aka ‘the greatest decade ever’ – what’s the first thing that popped into your head when I asked that last question? If it isn’t THIS SONG, then you are an imposter – not a true child of the 90s). Read More
I’ve been a priest for close to 12 years now. And in those 12 years, I’ve probably preached more than 1,000 sermons. But very few of them have ever touched me in the same way as the one below.
This is the video of a sermon I gave two years ago during this same time of year – the second week of Lent. It is based on the passage from Matthew 4:1-11, the temptation of Christ in the wilderness.
I just watched it this morning and could still feel the chills in my spine as I remembered the picture of Jesus during those 40 days in the desert. The picture is not a pleasant one at all – it’s not the strong Jesus that we love to picture, or the Almighty Jesus or the Eternal Jesus. Instead we see a picture of a weak Jesus. A hungry Jesus. A Jesus in need of help from the angels. And that picture breaks my heart. Read More