Tug of WarHe said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-11


I have never personally engaged in a game of tug-o-war, but I am certainly familiar with the struggles I get into with situations and people I try to control. I can feel the tension in the muscles of my neck. My fists clench and my brow furls. The headaches start on the right side of my skull, moving across the back of my neck until I feel as if I have a live grenade where my head used to be. When I am fully engulfed in attempting to “solve” someone else’s problem—a problem that is most likely none of my business—I lose all sense of reason and I do not sleep well at night. This state of affairs is exhausting, and I would like to think, in my seventh decade of life on this earth, that I have put this foolishness away.


Thanks be to God, what I just described happens far less frequently in my life than it did when I was younger. It is no accident that I named my memoir Then I Am Strong, Paul’s prophetic words from 2 Corinthians 12. It is such a simple action, to choose not to waste my energy in such a futile practice as “control.” When I allow God to step in—when I realize that I am powerless over most of the stuff I worry about—I then find that I am free to enjoy my life, and appreciate my own talents and those of others. I have far more energy to “go about being the hands and feet of Christ,” to paraphrase Teresa of Avila. And most of all, the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual pain in my life gives way to “the peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).


Are you struggling today? Let go of the rope, and let God give you what you have been laboring to receive from Him.


God, grant me the serenity to accept what I cannot change…. Amen

Meg Blaine Corrigan is the author of three books: Then I Am Strong: Moving From My Mother’s Daughter to God’s Child; Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist; and Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of New Mexico and has worked with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and war veterans.  Her books may be purchased through her website, www.MegCorrigan.com or from www.amazon.com .


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