Devotional: Embracing Awkwardness

Have you ever noticed that learning seems harder as you get older?  Yes, researchers have good excuses for it—brain development or something.  But I think it might also be related to losing the humility of a child.  We don’t want to look dumb.  Adults are supposed to know everything.

Think about it.  When you first learned to walk, ride a bike, or swim, did you look like a pro?  No.  If you learned to play the piano as a kid, did you start out with a piece from Rachmaninoff?  No.  But you probably weren’t too discouraged as you figured out “Chopsticks,” or fell a few times, because you were constantly learning and growing.  As we get older, unfortunately, it is harder to admit that we are still learning.  As we start a practicum in our chosen profession or figure out how to buy a car on our own, we discover two major problems.  First, our ignorance.  Second, our pride.

Thankfully, Jesus has a lot of patience for our faltering first steps.  Maybe it’s learning a language, building relationships in a strange culture, or classroom management.  Maybe it’s just swallowing the local food without gagging because you have to be polite.  Maybe it’s reaching out to God in a way you’ve never had to before.  And it feels awkward.  But that’s RIGHT where Jesus loves to meet us–when we are humble and teachable.  When we come to the end of our wisdom, money, strength, love—we come to the beginning of His!

Embrace awkwardness for the sake of Jesus, and you will feel the arms of Jesus holding you even tighter.

“Each time he said,  ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)

*Once or twice a month, the Office of Volunteer Ministries sends a short devotional thought to our volunteers around the world.

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