Sometimes your greatest weakness could turn out to be your greatest strength. You could come out of a place of despair and use it as a stepping stone to greatness.
If you are an old school Christian pentecostal like I am you probably sang songs like “Soon and very soon we are going to see the King”, or probably your mother was a fan of TBN and you were forced to listen to the Gaithers sing their hymns until you memorized them by default. Either way you heard or sang great and powerful lyrics written by Andrae Crouch, a gospel writer and singer whose career has span to over 50 years until the Lord called him home today at 72 years. I remember the lyrics he wrote for the song “Through it all” with such nostalgia. My mum had this song on repeat when she was recovering from a terrible accident that almost completely destroyed her mouth four years ago.
Andrae was not just your ordinary lyricist, he had dyslexia and had a severe stuttering problem, so much such that his twin sister used to be his spokesperson. One day his father challenged him, the only time he did not stutter was when he sang, so his father told him to answer questions while singing, that way his words would be much more coherent.
Now, dyslexia is a learning difficulty that mainly affects how people read and spell words. This problem saw Andrae match words to pictures so as to remember them as he wrote songs, like when he wrote “Man in the mirror” for MJ, he drew a mirror, just to remind him.
From dyslexia to a re-known writer? There are things that don’t carry a scientific explanation to them, rather a spiritual one. Andrae wrote his first song at 14 years, “The blood of Jesus”, within 5 minutes! He was at a friend’s house and there were writers in the backyard having a picnic. He was too shy to go join them and he kept on asking God to give him a song. Right there in that house, at the piano, he played and sang his first song, a song that has been re-done over 3000 times! He had not even heard those piano cords before!
Sometimes we look at our problems and our weaknesses as stumbling blocks, we keep thinking, “if only God could get rid of my weakness then I would succeed”. Andrae is a living testimony of the verse in the Bible that says “But He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Cor 12:9 (NIV)
Don’t only focus on your strengths, as important as they are, learn your weakness to draw strength from them. I don’t know why they ask this question during interviews, but they don’t ask about your weakness in vain.
God is able to turn your weakness into a strength. Trust Him on that from today, it could be the method that God will use to make you impact the world like He used Andrae.