a2423260bdbdc75b234b183b88d0f77eHow do you measure spiritual growth? It’s a question I have been asking myself the last couple of months. With physical training, I can measure myself by the number of reps I can do, how much weight I can lift, how fast I can run a mile. So how do I know if I’m getting stronger spiritually? I can do “Christian-like” things and mark them off a list, but I don’t feel that’s a true measure of spiritual growth. To be honest, I often don’t feel like I measure up as a Christian.

When I read this week’s Bible verse for my Proverbs 31 Made to Crave Bible study, I started to re-think my measure of spiritual growth:

“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

Perhaps my standard of measuring progress is backwards.

“In the minds of many people inside the church, “Livestrong” is the essence and goal of Christianity. You hear this obsession in our lingo: We talk about someone having “strong faith,” about someone being a “strong Christian,” a “prayer warrior,”or a“mighty man/woman of God.” We want to believe that we can do it all, handle it all…

“We like our Christianity to be muscular, triumphant. We’ve come to believe that the Christian life is a progression from weakness to strength.”- LiveStrong Christianity by Tullian Tchividjian

Tchividjian said modern Christianity has it wrong. The progression as a Christian shouldn’t be considered going from weakness to strength, but rather the other way around. He used Samson as one of his examples – Samson believed his strength was in his hair, but it was actually the spirit of God giving Samson his strength.

“The Philistines are not defeated until Samson is weakened. His hair is shaved, his eyes are gouged out, and he’s chained up like an animal in the zoo. He finally realizes that he is weak and that God alone is strong and so he prays and asks God for a generous portion of strength. God answers his prayer and Samson brings the building down on himself and all the lords of the Philistines. It is when Samson is at his weakest that he is most powerfully used.” – Tullian Tchividjian

So, rather than putting on a facade and letting everyone believe I have it together, I am striving to live my life as transparently as possible. That’s one of my goals with this blog: I struggled for so long with my weight, I want to encourage others by sharing my struggles. I am a work in progress. I hope God will continue to use me and be glorified through my weaknesses.
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  1. Cindy, thanks for stopping by on the blog hop. I’m so glad to ‘meet’ you and your blog. What great inspiration you are to mama’s everywhere. I can’t wait to visit again. Have a great day!

  2. Thank you for sharing this…it really made me stop and think. I’ve often thought I wasn’t a very strong Christian because I don’t know enough scripture by heart or I sometimes miss doing a devotion in the morning, or (fill in the blank). I like the perspective that you presented here. It isn’t about our strength as a Christian its about Christ’s strength in us! That is very freeing!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing. Reading this made me think about how I myself fall into this trap often. We do need to remember that it is through Christ that we are made strong and to lean on the strength. God Bless!
    Jamie Rogers (Group 50)

  4. Living a transparent lifestyle is so freeing and beautiful! Thank you for the illustration of Samson and his journey from physical strength to godly strength! We serve an amazing God and only He has the power to be victorious in our weaknesses! I love love love that!!!! BTW: Your transformation is amazing! I have lost weight and am at a “target” number on the scale, but desperately need toning…perhaps we can chat sometime!

    In Him,

  5. living life as transparently as possible…I think I used to do that decades ago, and God has been working on me for years to do that again. Thanks for your words, Cindy.

  6. Thank you for sharing! To turn the typical growth pattern upside down, that getting “better” means being okay with broadcasting weaknesses. As we are all weak, we may just find community in the pursuit of hiding less. Check out my post on truth at: http://www.groundswellministries.org/2014/02/12/on-truth-and-independence/

  7. I loved your thoughts about TRANSPARENCY!! That is what I long for in relationships – family, friends, and even strangers. That we can be genuine and raw….for the benefit of all and advancement of Christ’s kingdom. Here’s my favorite song about it (couldn’t find a clip of the ACTUAL song…but this will do…): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHg4oAS4a_o

    Have a great week! ~ Miriam of http://cravingsconfidential.blogspot.com

  8. Sherri Chatman OBS Small Group Leader, Prayer Warrior Team Member

    Thank you for being honest & sharing your heart.
    I am honest when I say .. Just when I think I’m maturing or being spiritually mature I look at my actions ( doubt, fear , anger etc,) and say I’m not there yet.

  9. Cindy, thank you for sharing and for your desire to be transparent and real. It is truly this humbling honesty that will touch the hearts of so many. I am blessed that you are in our group and that together we are learning about how to grow in the Lord.

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