#011: Power Play – Learning our gifts

Heart and Ice Power Play - Learning our gifts

It can be hard to make sense of struggles or understand our weaknesses, but we have them for a reason.  PGA golfer Casey Martin was born with Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome, which can cause problems due to brittle bone structure and poor circulation in the legs.  As a Christian, Casey believed that God doesn’t make mistakes, and he used the gifts he had been given to turn what he loved into a career.  We all have our limitations, but you shouldn’t let them stop you from pursuing what you love.  The PGA didn’t want him to drive a golf cart because of his syndrome, so Casey had to go through a lengthy federal court case to be able to do so.  In the end, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Casey could compete using a golf cart.  Having to go through something difficult to do what he loved may have seemed like a huge struggle or setback at the time, but the case brought a lot of media attention which helped to give Casey more opportunities in his career and a chance to share his testimony with a lot of people.

Perspective is a hard thing to keep when you’re living through a tough time, but God is in control and can transform your weaknesses, using them for His glory.  God comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God (2 Corinthians 1:4).  You were born exactly as you are for a reason, and without your weaknesses, you wouldn’t realize your strengths.

Game Plan:  Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-11.  Think about a weakness that you have and how it can be turned into a strength.

 

Quote source: Melinda Martin

 

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