Your Weakness Is God’s Redirection

Don’t be too hard on yourself because of your weakness (=kelemahan). Your weakness isn’t God’s rejection (=penolakan) but God’s redirection (=perubahan arah). Being weak in one area means that’s not where God wants you to serve. A weakness means you’re supposed to serve in another area.

I remember the story of this jobless man who applied to work as a janitor (=bagian kebersihan) of a huge company. After the HR manager interviewed him, he said, “You’re hired. Just give me your email address so I can email you the application form to fill…”

The man said, “I’m sorry, I don’t have an email address. I don’t know how to use the computer.”

“Then I’m sorry too,” said the HR manager, “if you don’t have an email, that means you don’t exist (=tidak ada). And someone who doesn’t exist won’t get a job.”

The jobless man walked out of room totally discouraged (=patah semangat). He only had P300 in his pocket. That was all the money he had. He remembered his little daughter at home. He imagined her going hungry and decided to do something. He went to the market and bought a box of tomatoes. He then went door to door, selling the tomatoes. In three hours, he was able to double (=menggandakan) his money to P600. He repeated the operation 3 times that day, returning home with P2400.

The man realized that he can survive this way! Shortly after, he bought a cart (=gerobak), then a truck, and after a couple of years, he had his own fleet (=armada) of delivery vehicles (=kendaraan). Ten years later, he was a big-time food distributor, a very successful and wealthy (=kaya) man. At that time, a friend sold him life insurance. 

When this wealthy man was filling out his insurance application form, it asked for his email address. He told his friend, the insurance agent, “I don’t have an email address.” The friend said, “Wow, you don’t have an email, and yet you succeeded to build an empire (=kekaisaran).  Can you imagine what you could have been if you had an email?”

The man thought for awhile and said, “Janitor.” (


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