My Weakness; His Strength

Have you ever heard the expression; “fake it till you make it”? My former pastor, Dr. Dan Reed, often quoted those words. Pastor Reed is a tremendous pastor, preacher, mentor, and friend to my husband and I. We served under him for 3 years at Harvest Baptist Church in Acworth, GA.

 

Pastor Reed has a rare disease that causes him a great deal of pain, fatigue, and discomfort. He has had to deal with this for the last several years as he pastors a church with many responsibilities. During this most difficult time in his life, he has never given up! On bad days he would he often say, “fake it till you make it”.

 

I have chronic migraines. This doesn’t mean I have one every day, but does mean I have 10-15 every month; sometimes even more. At times they can be debilitating and it feels like I’m living with a constant migraine. While at Harvest I became very frustrated with myself because I felt like I was not able to be the wife, mother, employee, friend, or church member that I desired to be. Pastor Reed was very well aware of my disappointment and would encourage me by saying “fake till you make it”. That meant a great deal knowing the struggles he went through. You see, if you didn’t know about his condition; you wouldn’t. He never complained. He never bickered or griped; he just stayed faithful.

 

I know all of us have had the long Saturday nights with no sleep, and just when you fall asleep, yep thats right, its time to get up. You rush around trying to get everyone ready for church and keep it together so that your husband can stay focused on the service you are on your way to. Then you finally arrive at the church. You, the missionary wife, has to smile when you want to cry, use your inside voice when you want to scream, greet everyone when you really just want to be left alone, and try to make sure your children are behaving. On days like this I just have to repeat to myself “fake it till you make it, fake it till you make it, fake it till…” BUT, and I do mean a big BUT, here is the wonderful thing; every service, every ministry event, always ends up being a blessing and faking turns into a real, genuine appreciation for being there. God is good and gracious. He always knows what we need and when we need it.

 

“ And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” II Corinthians 12:9

 

What does fake it till you make it mean?

1. Duty Not Desire – We must be duty bound/driven. It’s our obligation, our duty to lead the way to those that are watching.
Ephesians 5:15 “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.”

2. Commitment NOT Circumstance – Determine in your heart that you are going to serve the Lord despite your circumstances
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

3. Happy thoughts NOT Hurtful thoughts – Work on being happy and having joy even when it’s hard.
Proverbs 12:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”

 

4. Certainty NOT Uncertainty – Know that your Heavenly Father loves you no matter what and he has plans for your life…we just have to trust Him.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an unexpected end.”
Thank the Lord for the opportunity that he gives us to serve him!

All For Christ,

Erica

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  • 3 thoughts on “My Weakness; His Strength

    1. Excellent. You had me wondering where you were going with “fake it till you make it.” I’m glad it was about chronic pain and how to be an overcomer. Very good article. I plan to share it, for sure. So MANY people struggle with this issue, and I am glad to see it addressed in a kind, biblical way.

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