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    by Shelly Weiss

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Date Posted: January 29, 2008

At the end of my work day, an incident happened that infuriated me. I mean I was livid! All I kept thinking was it’s gonna be a LONG night if I am not going to go to bed angry!! This hurt was going to take some ‘cooling off’ time. Driving home, I flippantly thought I’ll take it to the cross, give Jesus my burden and let Him deal with it. (I say ‘flippantly’ because the fire in my belly told me this incident would not be leaving my thoughts anytime soon!) As mad as I was and as justified as I was for being mad, my conscience was telling me it was wrong to be that angry. Truthfully, I didn’t want to listen to my conscience at that point!

I came home to a package on my door (I LOVE when that happens!) containing the book written by a church leader. A couple years ago, he had asked permission to reference me in his publication, Making Disciples …One Conversation At A Time. Since there was no index with my name listed, I skimmed the chapter titles to guess where he would have included me. I knew instantly when I read the chapter heading, Leading from a Position of Weakness.

While my prideful self would love to indulge you in every word he wrote about me, this is not about me… it is about allowing God to use me for His service, wherever, however that may be. Yet it is interesting how I am introduced immediately following the part about a thorn in Paul’s flesh which God used as an asset for ministry (the name of my ministry, Sufficient Grace, comes from that very passage in 2 Corinthians 12.).

Reading the words following, “Let me give you an example: We have a wonderful lady in our church named Michele (Shelly) Weiss.”, I realized how foolish I had been just one hour before. How livid I was over an incident that was so insignificant in the grand scheme of things! I once heard a friend say if the enemy can distract us with the little things, we will lose sight of the big things.

The ‘big things’ are those which fulfill our purpose and mission in life, things that truly matter. Staying focus on the ultimate prize will not only be pleasing to our Heavenly Father, it will do wonders for your blood pressure as well!

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

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Biography Information:
Shelly is a 30 something year old licensed therapist with cerebral palsy who is transitioning onto a whole new path in her life. As someone who was never limited by her disability, through recent declines in her health and abilities, God is humbling her despite her stubborn resistance. She is closer to Jesus than she ever has been as He carries her with His strength, protects her with His armor, and empowers her with His Spirit.She uses her writing and speaking gifts to fulfill her ultimate purpose of bringing glory to God through her life.
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