"For when I am weak, then I am strong."
For the first time last week I was what some would call "trolled" on Instagram. My initial response was more reactionary than I would have liked it to have been, but I had been watched, baited and poked for weeks prior to the onslaught I received when I finally paid this person any attention. He spoke on everything you can imagine: my looks, my credibility, my character, even my kids. I was surprised as I aim to pass on positivity despite my many flaws. And while I know that these types of things come from those who are truly at odds with themselves, I was still rattled in a way that I hadn't anticipated. I am sharing this because I know I'm not the first person to be on the receiving end of this type of negativity, and I certainly won't be the last. Part of me wanted to "@" him and call him out publicly. Part of me wished I had left his comments on my page and in my dms as a reminder that I am on the right track (I did screenshot them). But the whole of me meditated on it, asked those closest to me what they thought, and then searched for a bible verse that helps me to make sense of these situations. Whether you are religious or not, I hope you read on.
I am fully flawed and have a lot of work to continue to do. So much of the Word applies to almost every aspect and moment of my life, but these verses from 2 Corinthians...
2 Corinthians 12:6-10
6 Although if I should wish to boast, I would not be foolish, for I would be telling the truth. But I refrain, so that no one may think more of me than what he sees in me or hears from me 7 because of the abundance of the revelations. Therefore, that I might not become too elated,[a] a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me from being too elated.8 Three times[b] I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me, 9 [c]but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses,[d] in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. 10 Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
With that being said, what are some of the ways you tune out the noise? Especially with today's non-stop bombardment of information, what do you do to recenter yourself? Let me know if the comments!