What is the truth about weakness or adversity? Why is there so much opposition not just to our lives but sometimes in daily routine? Why is it so difficult sometimes to get out of bed or to stay focused on that which is tough to accomplish?

Lately, I have been finishing up the Book of Mormon (Another Testament of Jesus Christ) in the Book of Ether. Section 12 and specifically verses 27-41 have hit me a little harder than other ones have. These verses are solely about why we have weaknesses and opposition in our lives. Verse 27 the Lord speaks to Moroni, “And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” Some POWERFUL WORDS!

So I started thinking of some people in this world who have overcome weaknesses and made them strengths. One of the first ones I thought of was Lance Armstrong winning 7 Tour De France’s after beating cancer. I thought, WOW-what a great accomplishment! There’s more to this story, that is more on the negative side which I will not share. But I think what a great accomplishment. I also think of Michael Jordan winning 6 NBA Championships to which one of those game in the NBA Finals, Jordan played through having the flu! There are thousands upon thousands of examples of weak things becoming stronger.

What I mean to focus on is more of humbling ourselves before God, understanding that we are His creation and He knows us better than we do ourselves. The oppositions we face can seem like a mountain to climb, and sometimes they are really only just bumps in our path of life. Maybe we’re barely crawling in our soul and that bump seems like a mountain! Maybe we are so hungry and thirsty that we can’t see there is a feast and a cup in front of us! I think of the many Pioneer men, women, and children who crossed the ocean or who crossed America’s frontier because they had faith of a better life, one that would be bring them a new life, give them liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

In our walk through life, let us never forget that our weaknesses have been given to us so that we may learn some lesson. We cannot taste the sweet without the bitter, as my friend Filip brought to my mind this morning. Our humility not just to God or Higher Being, but to serve each other, to show charity and compassion on those that need it, to work hard with strong morals and ethical standards – these are all things we can do to help become what we are to become.

I’ll continue this more in the future, but I leave with you a few things below this. One is a favorite commercial of mine with Michael Jordan in it! Very Powerful! The second is the one thing EVERYONE should know about me! It is the one thing that if I did not have this special knowledge I would not be writing this at this moment. Its who I am, and I want to share it with you. If you would like to learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints aka Mormons  then click on the link and learn more.

Clayton C-Bass Ashcraft