Strength Out of Weakness

Ten-year-old Danny Wiello tragically lost his left arm in auto accident. While Danny underwent the therapy necessary to face life with only one arm, hos therapist, a Judo student, began to teach him some of the conditioning and training used in Judo. Danny quickly took to the ancient art of self-defense and soon was good enough to train with his therapist’s Judo master.


Many months passed. The other boys in Danny’s group signed up to participate in a regional tournament. Even though he was handicapped, Danny wanted to sign up to participate, and the master could not persuade him to change his mind. He was determined to not only enter, but to be victorious in the tournament.

The master began to prepare the boys for the tournament by teaching all of them a number of new moves and tactics, but he taught Danny only one. Danny felt that he was being snubbed and pled many times with the master to teach him more moves. The master repeatedly told him, “You can win your match if you really learn this one move”

Finally, the day of the tournament arrived. Surprisingly, Danny easily won his first three matches, but the tension began to mount. In his final championship bout, Danny was matched up with the previous year’s champion. It didn’t look good for Danny when the other contestant’s points mounted up against him. For a while, the referee considered stopping the match for fear that Danny might be injured.

Suddenly, Danny pinned the former champ using the new move the master had recently taught him. Danny won the gold medal and became the new champion!

Danny and the other boys celebrated his come-from-behind victory. On the way home, Danny asked the master, “How did you know I could win with only one special move?”

The master smiled and said, “The only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”

The above story is culled from The Power of Fatherhood authored by Robert Strand.

Everyone is born with a weakness. But we must understand that God can transform our weaknesses into strengths. We may not have lost an arm, but we have our unique weaknesses.

Paul in II Corinthians 12:9-12 acknowledged his weaknesses and boasted of them. The Power of Christ transformed him to be strong (II Corinthians 13:4). Being Born-again would enhance the performance of the Power Christ. For a weakness to become strength, it must be acknowledged.

God worked with so many weak and imperfect people. Moses had temper, Gideon was of low esteem and in-secured, Abraham was afraid, Peter was weak-willed, David committed adultery, John was arrogant and many more.

In summary according to Rick Warren in The Purpose Driven Life:

  • Admit your weakness. God works best when we admit our weakness
  • Be content with your weaknesses. II Corinthians 12:9-10. Whenever you feel weak, God is reminding you to depend on him.
  • Honestly share your weakness. Paul shared his failures, feelings, frustrations and fears. Roman 7:19; II Corinthians 6:11; II Corinthians 1:8; I Corinthians 2:3. The more honest you are, the more of God’s grace you get.
  • Glory in your weakness. II Corinthians 12:5. Instead of posing as self-confident and invincible, see yourself as a trophy of grace.

When Satan points out your weakness, agree with him and fill your heart with praise for Jesus, who understands every weakness of ours (Hebrew 4:1) and for the Holy Spirit who helps us in our weakness (Roman 8:25)

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