Weakness and Identity
A few weeks ago I wrote about how the discipline of running makes me aware of my weakness and how that correlates with the spiritual life.
Lately my running has been suffering. Not able to run as far. Taking longer. Reverting back to periods of walking.
Going into the runs expecting not to finish. My race was over before I took my first step.
It was a matter of mindset.
This applies to the spiritual life as well.
Being aware of weakness is one thing, adopting it as an identity is completely another.
Awareness is necessary. We are weak. And broken. We need redemption.
It is not possible to deny ourselves if we do not know what we are denying.
But, adopting weakness as an identity is defeating. Since I am broken, I might as well indulge myself. If I am weak, why bother.
The spiritual race is over without taking a step.
Romans 12:2 tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Developing a new spiritual mindset. To not conform any longer to the pattern of this world.
That is a matter of identity.
Rather than creating our own strength or indulging our weakness by doing what comes naturally. Awareness of our weakness compels us to put on Christ. Christ is our strength. To finish the race.
What do you do when you find yourself wanting to given in to your weakness?