An excerpt from 4th Grade teacher Jackie Taylor’s sermon this week: “We all have shadows, something about ourselves that we do not like. Not being smart is still my shadow, it never went away and I’m still defensive when people make comments about me not completely understanding something. I was a bad student in elementary school but I worked really hard, caught up to my peers and eventually turned it around. Reading aloud was a huge shadow for me and when I decided that I wanted to become a teacher, I started reading aloud to practice. Sometimes it was to my mom, sometimes it was to myself. I don’t like public speaking, which may come as a surprise since I do it so often, but I do it because I want to get better at it because I know that if I do it over and over again, I’ll be less afraid.
“The Lord said, ‘Make weak things become strong.’ The apostle Paul struggled with this throughout his life. He actually called his weakness ‘a thorn in the flesh.’ Three times Paul asked the Lord to take away his weakness, and three times the Lord declined. The Lord said that his grace was sufficient for Paul and that his strength was made perfect in weakness. In 2 Corinthians 12:10, he says, ‘...therefore I take pleasure in infirmities and reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distress for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong.’
“Like Paul, we can find positive meaning in weaknesses that are not taken away.”