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How To Turn Your Weaknesses to Greatness (Part One)

Everybody has a weakness. A flawless human is a lifeless one. Weakness is the universal feature of human frailty. It is proof that we were not designed to exist in isolation. No human was created to survive alone. We were shaped for relationship – with God and with each other.

Therefore, the weaknesses we all show in different areas of our lives are simply reminders of how much we need God and each other for our completeness and compliment. Remember, people can complement us, but it is only God who completes us. Regardless of the quantity or quality of strengths a human possess, he cannot complete another human. Our completion is only found in Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:9-10). So, if you are human, you will not only require to be complemented by others, you will also need God as your Divine completion.

According to the Greek Historian, Hippocrates (460 – 370 BC), who analysed the four human personality types (Melancholy, Phlegmatic, Choleric and Sanguine), every personality has its strengths and weaknesses. There is no personality type which does not have a down side. For example, those with a Melancholy personality are loyal, great thinkers, artistic and creative, self-sacrificing and good at decisions. But on the flip side, they can be rigid, extremely moody, pessimistic, over sensitive to failures, engrossed with the fear of the unknown and unrealistic in their goal setting.

Phlegmatic people are peace makers, conservative, diplomatic, practical, easy-going, non- demanding. They have the capability to perform tedious tasks, extremely efficient, function very well in a hostile environment, and have no fear of rejection and can handle hostile people very well. But in terms of their weaknesses, they are indecisive, like to procrastinate, hard to motivate, uncommitted in deep relationships, with a tendency to be observers rather than participants, unemotional and hardly self-sacrificing.

Regarding the Cholerics, they are optimistic, tough-minded, friendly, energetic, out-going, task-oriented, good leaders, intuitive, extremely driven and very expressive in affection. But on the flip side, they are hot-tempered, can be cruel and abusive, and like to be in control of everything and everyone. They resent others’ weaknesses and reject people, extremely self-centred. They accept love and affection only on their own terms. Also, they are highly susceptible to burn out.

As for the Sanguines, they are enthusiastic, inspiring to others and very relational. They have the capability to see the bright side of things and people. They love being around people, being able to give and receive huge amount of affection. They are also emotionally open. But regarding their weaknesses, they are talkative and love to be the centre of the conversation. They can easily adopt the behaviours of people around them. They love to exaggerate, can be really rude, undisciplined and very demanding of affection from others. They can easily put off responsibilities just to be with people. They are prone to jealousy, and love to appear successful at any cost.

Obviously, with every personality come strengths and weaknesses. But the fact that some weaknesses are considered “natural”, based on the above personality types, cannot be an excuse for condoning our so called “inborn weaknesses.” Any weakness that is permitted will multiply. Whatever behavioural weakness you are unwilling to confront will grow into your future.  Weaknesses are simply where we are most vulnerable. Thus, every enemy will always attack his target at the points of their weaknesses.

As earlier mentioned, some weaknesses are as a result our personality type. But not all human weaknesses can be traced to personality types. Several weaknesses are circumstantial. For example, someone whose weakness is alcohol can trace the problem, not to his personality type, but to the circumstance that brought about his habitual drinking pattern. We all are victims of circumstances at some points in our lives. Destructive habits can be birthed due to wrong associations, seasons of difficulties, poor upbringing or past painful and traumatic experiences.

Recognising your areas of weakness is one of the greatest steps to recovery. Until you recognise a fault you cannot rectify it. The weakness that remains unidentified remains uncorrected. It is possible that you may not have the problem of recognising your weaknesses, as others around you have probably never ceased to point them out to you, (including those ones they decided to make up just to make you feel bad about yourself). But if you’ve never given a thought to your weaknesses, it is likely that they are still unrecognised. A weakness unrecognised remains unchallenged; and an unchallenged weakness can destroy a great future.

The bible says “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11). It is ignorance that exposes us to Satan’s torments. When we fail to identify a potential behavioural pitfall in our lives, we give Satan a chance to know victory. Ignorance is simply when you do not know that something is costing you. Recognition always precedes restoration. The most costly things in our lives are often not found in the things that we know, but rather in things that we do not know. Not recognising your weakness is liking being in the thickest part of a deadly battle without knowing it.

Recognising and accepting our vulnerability is a test that few pass. Through stubbornness and pride, many have missed golden opportunities to be salvaged from a looming destruction, instigated by their weaknesses. For example, Samson was an extraordinary leader. He was divinely sculptured as a deliverer for his people. But he failed to recognise and deal with his weaknesses.  As a result his anointing died.

In my opinion, I do not think Samson’s greatest weakness was women. I believe his greatest weakness was pride. Perhaps you would feel the same if you read his account in the book of Judges.  Samson’ pride prevented him from obeying the counsels that would have rescued him from failing. Rather he trivialised good counsels, even from his parents, because of his pride.

Here are few questions to ponder on: Do you believe you have a weakness? If you do, what is it? Have you identified it? Have you recognised your dominant weakness? If you were the devil, how would you destroy you? Which loop-hole in your life can be your enemies’ favourite for gaining entrance? What is your reaction to those who see danger ahead and call your attention to it? Whose counsel are you trivialising regarding some of your habits or behaviours? Are there some ungodly habits or behaviours you are still justifying? Have you surrendered your weaknesses to the Lord and take up His strength?

To be continued… (Read Part Two of this blog-post)

Remain blessed,

Wale

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