Dr. Henry Brandt, a Christian psychologist, has probably helped more people than any other person in that profession. He certainly has a profound influence in many writers life, personally and otherwise. In one of his write ups he made a profound statement that i easily relate with anytime the word maturity comes to my mind. He defines a mature person in relation to his attitude towards his own strength and Weaknesses. “To him a mature person is one who is sufficiently objective about himself, to know both his strengths and weaknesses and has created a planned program for overcoming his weaknesses.”

The Bible says, “we are more than conquerors through him (Jesus Christ) that loved us” (Rom. 8:37). He has given us his Holy Spirit to strengthen our weaknesses so he can use us. We can now examine both our potential weaknesses and strengths. Our ability to know our potential weaknesses and strengths is the first giant step toward that mature person we have always wanted to be. 

Some people are not just extroverts, they  are super​-extrovert. Everything they do is superficial and external. They laugh loudly and make sure they dominate every conversation whether they have anything​ meaningful to say or not. They just love the limelight and excel at public speaking. But then, they rarely wait for others to speak first and usually the first to initiate a conversation. People like this have the ability to respond to others spontaneously, if they catch another person looking at them, they respond with a nod, wink or greeting. They are easily inspired to engage in new plans and projects, and their boundless enthusiasm often carries others along with them. They enjoy being around others and no one makes a better first impression than them.

One of the greatest assets of people like this is that they are tender, compassionate and heart warming. Their weakness is that their sincerity are often misunderstood by others. Just as they respond faster to the needs of others, that’s how they easily forget people too. 

Over the years i have learnt not to be afraid to be objective about myself or to face my weaknesses. I have learnt to evaluate my strength and weaknesses but at the same time strengthen my weaknesses the more. As humans, if we so desire to identify our strength and weaknesses, then we must know and understand what motivates and destroys us. We must be understand the human nature and it’s aspects; the heart, the soul, the mind and the strength and how to use them rationally and wisely. We must also understand who is in control; we have heard a lot in our humanistic culture about “taking control of your life”. Well, this sounds good right? But if we look deeper we will find the worst sin of all “selfishness”. 
God wants to control our lives. He makes no secret of that. He challenges us in Rom. 12-2, Therefore, I urge you,<span class=”crossreference” data-link=”(A)” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-28247A” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”> brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,<span class=”crossreference” data-link=”(B)” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-28247B” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”> holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.Do not conform<span class=”crossreference” data-link=”(C)” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-28248C” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”> to the pattern of this world,<span class=”crossreference” data-link=”(D)” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-28248D” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.<span class=”crossreference” data-link=”(E)” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-28248E” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”> Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is<span class=”crossreference” data-link=”(F)” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-28248F” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>—his good, pleasing<span class=”crossreference” data-link=”(G)” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-28248G” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>and perfect will.”

Every of our strength has a corresponding weakness, let’s  face them realistically and allow God do something about them for us. #we can’t make it on our own.”

You never give up on your weaknesses, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, push forward, move on! adapt! overcome! That’s what I BELIEVE!

Whitney Edna Ibe is the Executive Consultant, Life & Mental Health Coach, and Writer/ Editor at Whitney Edna Ibe Consult (Blog), Flyhiee.com, The Social Talks, Penprofile.com, and Mental Wellness Society International. She is in charge of consultations, services, and implementation.

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