I am Needy

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness (infirmity.)” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses (infirmities), so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

Do you have someone in your life that’s high maintenance? You know the people I mean. They always need something from you or maybe they just require a lot of extra effort to be in relationship with – all. the. time! They are just so needy!

Or maybe that person is you.

While my family might beg to differ, I’d like to think that doesn’t describe me. At least not most of the time. But maybe I’m more needy than I think and perhaps it’s not such a bad thing after all.

Being a typical female overachiever, it is often difficult to admit my need for assistance. Sometimes it’s just sheer stubbornness and sometimes it’s my belief that my issues aren’t that big of a deal and sucking it up and soldiering on is my mantra.

Recently, I was thinking about a couple of tasks at work that I really dislike doing. As a result, I wait until the very last minute to complete them. Or put them off indefinitely. That leads to a lot of berating myself with negative self talk about my lack of ability to perform in the position they hired me for. It’s not pretty and no, I wouldn’t talk to anyone else that way.

In my mind, these tasks become the most important parts of the job, when in reality they are not. They are mostly routine and mundane tasks that need to be completed, but the company would not fall apart if they’re not done.

Nevertheless, it has always felt like a total fail, a weakness (infirmity), in my character. Until a few weeks ago. As I was contemplating how to postpone or pawn off another work task and thinking what a total failure I was, the above verse came to mind. His power is perfected in my weakness. Game changer!!

The definition of infirmity is want (lack) of strength, weakness, infirmity

  1. of the body
    1. its native weakness and frailty
    2. feebleness of health or sickness
  2. of the soul
    1. want (lack) of strength and capacity requisite
      1. to understand a thing
      2. to do things great and glorious
      3. to restrain corrupt desires
      4. to bear trials and trouble

My lack of capacity to complete these tasks need not keep me in the dumps when all that’s required is to ask for divine help. When we ask for help, God gives us fresh perspective. He knows what we are going through.

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My issue at work may seem minor compared to what you are dealing with. No matter. We serve a God who is bigger. And asking for help, even if we don’t know what to ask, gives God room to show His power in our weakness. No matter what our weakness is and no matter how reluctant we are to admit we need some help.

The King James Version of Romans 8:26 says, Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

We are all in need of our Savior and He wants us to be totally dependent on Him. Because of Him, being needy isn’t so bad after all.

Because you are what God says that you are!  You are enough!


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Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.

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