I often get asked the question, “Talin, how do you do it? How do you raise three kids all by yourself?” I wish I could tell you that I have some magical power and I wave a wand and poof things get done. The answer to that question really has become, “Jesus takes the wheel.” This is because, as much as I may physically do, none of this is possible if I didn’t have the God-given strength that I have. And I didn’t just wake up one day and this strength was just sitting there like a coat on a hanger and all I had to do was wear it. I pray for this strength daily. To be honest, it’s always the first thing I pray for. For myself, for my kids, for anyone who needs it. I pray for their strength.
Strength…what is this word? What does is mean? To the one who lifts weights at the gym, it’s the ability to lift more than the day before. To the cancer patient, it’s the ability to lift their head up off the pillow after an intense chemo session. To the parent who lost their child to senseless violence, it’s the ability to ever be able to find happiness in the world again. And to those with anxiety, it may merely mean being able to step out of their house and be in a public place.
Strength is that gut-wrenching, uncomfortable feeling in the pit of your stomach. It’s the uneasiness and hesitation to complete a task. It’s the moment when you consider quitting and you don’t. It’s when you feel your worst and you push through anyway. It’s when the unthinkable in your life happens and you have to go about your business like it never happened. It’s the difficult choice you have to make even though you know it’s right. The reason strength exists is because each and every one of us feels weakness at one point. It’s the synergy of every emotion you have coming together to push you through to the next level, the next day, the next obstacle. Strength doesn’t just show up. So remember that whenever you see someone being strong, that in reality, they are at their weakest. The strongest are the ones who need your prayers, your love, your compassion. Don’t turn your back on the ones you consider strong. Instead, go to them and allow them to be weak.
2 Corinthians 12:9