“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Ones are principled, purposeful, self-controlled and passionate about justice. Ones get things done and done well. They have a strong moral compass that can keep us pointed in the right direction. More than any other number, Ones provide a beautiful example of God’s goodness and righteousness.
But, as author Ian Morgan Cron points out in his book, The Road Back to You, each number’s strength is also their greatest weakness. Ones, your desire to do everything “perfectly” can be crippling, as you try your hardest to avoid some of your biggest fears -- imperfection, criticism and ultimately, failure. While the grammar in that email you just sent may be perfect, when you compare your life to the standards God has set, perfection is an impossible goal to attain. Romans 3:23 reminds us that, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Ones, take heart! The Bible also reminds us over and over that following Jesus gives us access to a life of freedom from our insecurities. When we fall short, God’s grace is enough, and there’s no list of boxes that must be checked off, no mark to reach on a measuring stick, in order to earn it. As Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 12, we can actually CELEBRATE our weaknesses and imperfections. Because when you admit that you can’t do it on our own, you step down from the need to be in control of your life and give God room to be glorified through your life.
Ones, we know it’s tough to embrace that you will fall short, but as you seek to anchor your worth in God’s truth and character, you can, “boast all the more gladly about [your] weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on [you.]”
The One's Prayer: God help me not to seek perfection, but to seek You. Help me to see others the way You see them - not as perfect, but as perfectly loved. Help me leave the judgment to You. Allow me to live with joy. Amen.