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Turn Your Weakness Into A Strength

Bible Character: Ehud

Again the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and he gave them a deliverer – Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite.  Judges 3:15 NIV

Ehud, the leader of the Israelites, was left-handed!  During that time period, being left-handed was often considered a weakness…a handicap.  Ehud used this “handicap” to his advantage. He was able to hide his sword on the opposite side from where most men hid theirs, thus he could surprise the oppressive Moabite king, killing him and releasing the Israelites from bondage.

Many of us have experienced interviews where the dreaded question is asked:  “What is your weakness?”  This is usually followed by an interviewee’s response that explains why their weakness can be a positive attribute too.  It may sound dishonest, but there is powerful truth to it.

You may be a perfectionist or way too competitive.  Sometimes people are too optimistic, or never satisfied, or have way too many ideas.  The list goes go on and on.  We all have some type of weakness.  Nevertheless, almost all of our weaknesses can be channeled into a positive character trait.

A perfectionist is usually going to get things right.  A competitive person can really bring success to an organization.  Optimistic people are vital to an organization and company morale. People who are rarely satisfied push the organization to never rest on its laurels.  Creative people with many ideas often cast the organizational vision.

Ehud was brave; it took a lot of courage to kill King Eglon.  He was able to accomplish something others couldn’t, because he was left-handed.  He turned his weakness into a unique gift, which made a positive impact for his people.


Repeating the Same Mistakes?

Bible Character: Balaam (Prophet, Non-Israelite)

The Israelites were prone to making the same mistakes, and Balaam knew this all too well.  Even though Balaam was a prophet of Yahweh, he revealed the Israelites’ vulnerabilities to Moabite King Balak when he requested help defeating them.  His inside knowledge of the Israelites’ weakness for prostitutes and unclean food sacrificed to idols proved too much for the Israelites and they turned from God once again.

We’re all guilty of making mistakes, but are leaders held to a higher standard?

Same Mistakes

This was a recurrent downfall of the Israelites, a continual pattern of God’s people choosing to turn their back on the Lord for worldly sin.  After a time of brokenness, and or punishment; there was a corresponding return to the Lord in righteousness.

If you are part of an organization this conduct is not usually acceptable.  Even though the first time a mistake is made it’s often forgivable, if it happens continually job security becomes an issue.

Poor Results

Mistakes affect outcomes.  Continued poor results lead to many consequences, even the death of an organization.  If we continue to make the same mistakes and expect different results, we will be disappointed.

Don’t Look Past Them

We learn from our mistakes, so forgetting them quickly may lead to further errors.  My worst mistakes stick with me because I really have no interest in repeating them.  We should be our own worst critic; learning from our mistakes gives us a better chance to make a positive contribution to our team.

Balaam lost his protection from God for turning against the Israelites, and he was soon killed for the mistake he made.


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