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by Alan Smith
I heard about a youth minister (yeah, here comes one of those preachers stories) who sent a thank you letter to those adults who had served in some way throughout the previous year. His letter began: Last summer I asked you to consider working as a youth coach in our churchs junior high youth group. I am thankful for your acceptance of that challenge over this past school year. You may have felt extremely incapable as you thought about working with junior highers, but you claimed 2 Corinthians 12:9 nevertheless.
The youth minister was referring to Pauls statement, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. However, his secretary made the mistake of typing 2 Corinthians 12:8 as the scripture reference. It reads, Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me! (Anyone who has worked with junior high or middle school teenagers may think the latter is more accurate.)
Concerning this thing [the thorn in the flesh] I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christs sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:8-10)
Perhaps there is a trial in your life that you are praying for God to remove. He may do so. But if he does not, may God bless you with grace and strength.
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