Grace and Starfish

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  2 Corinthians 12:9

 In the ocean there are more than 2,000 kinds of starfish, but each has its own unique place in the sea. They thrive at the bottom of the ocean under enormous pressure because that is where they belong.

starfish underwater

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When we are under pressure sometimes we try to pretend. We pretend we aren’t afraid when we face danger or we may pretend to know the answer when in fact we are confused. The problem with pretending to be someone else is that we forget who we really are.

The apostle Paul  chose to remember who he was (and wasn’t),. He even spent time reminding others of his weaknesses, problems and difficulties. Because Paul’s style of life was sincere others, like Luke and Timothy and thousands of  became willing to follow Jesus just as they were also.

God has designed each of us like different kinds of starfish and has put us exactly where we belong! We don’t need to pretend that we are a whale or a shark. When the pressure builds up just hold on to who God has planned you to be and He will hold onto you by His grace – which is the greatest power of all.

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