Sunday, 7 January 2018

Your Strength is Your Weakness

Your strength is your weakness
I was thinking this morning... about how a strength is a weakness. This past weekend, I went with my children to watch the blockbuster adventure/comedy movie, 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.' After the quartet had been sublimated into the game and landed in Jumanji, they were each shown their strengths and weaknesses to aid them in playing the game successfully. While the weaknesses of others include venom, speed, endurance etc., that of Kevin Hart (who played the character, Moose Finbar) was listed as 'cake' and 'strength.' On seeing that, he exclaimed, 'how can strength be someone's weakness?' Even I was confused, saying, like we do in Warri, under my breath, 'I bow o. How can strength be someone's weakness?'

As I thought about it days after, I realized how true the statement is in a different light. I recalled the News headline this past week, 'California Legalizes Sales of Marijuana, Men and Women Queue up to Buy.' I wondered, how is it that marijuana has become iPhone X that people are queuing up to buy? Shameful! The strength of America is their freedom or liberty, but this has also become their weakness, as we watch a sizeable percent of the population become addicted to illicit drugs. Their strength has become their weakness.
 
Please dwell on that thought and come back home. It's a new year and many are wondering why the majority of Nigerians are detached from what is happening. Alberto Fujimori, the 79 years old former president of Peru was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for corruption. He spent 12 years in prison and was recently granted pardon on humanitarian ground due to the worsening of his medical condition. There was public outrage and protests across Peru with the people demanding that the current president resigns. That will never happen in Nigeria. Why? Remember, Nigerians were once judged the happiest people on earth, not because of the good life the government had created but because of our aloofness from the ills around us. Our strength (the 'odechi' to evil leaders and their actions) has become our weakness, the unchallenged raping of our commonwealth.
 
While there is a flip side that makes your strength your weakness, for many, they are like Moose Finbar, their lack of strength is their weakness. We will require strength of character if we must churn out success in 2018. Think about it, your greatest strength could be your weakness. If you are a great talker as a woman, you may be talking too much. Listen more, especially to your husband. If you are a great cook as a man, appreciate the food of your wife, even though it may taste awful.
 
Please do not let your strength be your weakness, otherwise you may not survive the game. But rather turn your weakness to strength. Thankfully, 2 Cor 12:10 says 'That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.'
 
Happy Sunday.
 
.....Just the thoughts of a certain Wey Mey.
 
 
 
 
 

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