Yesterday I wrote about how your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness. How can that principle apply when you’re trying to help someone else address their area of weakness? I’ve found it works best to first start by using yourself as an example before address other peoples’ weaknesses.
I first learned this principle from a regional denominational leader who was giving a “state of the association” talk. He made this point: our greatest strength is also often our greatest weakness. What he said was this, “We pride ourselves on being a missionary people. But that, in fact, is not true. We are a people who give to missions. Although we’ll sacrifice for people ‘way over there,’ we don’t cross the treat to reach out to someone culturally different than us.”
I’ve found that people in the physical therapy field are fond of saying, “Strength is not enough– balance is also important.” Sometimes football players are incredibly strong but their balance is terrible. They need both of those to do their jobs– and all the parts need to be working together. Sometimes we focus on strength and getting stronger, but balance is really critical. Can I stand on one foot? Can I shift directions quickly?