Weakness Can Be Strength

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
August 8, 2002

A 10-year-old boy decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move.

“Sensei,”(Teacher in Japanese) the boy finally said, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?” “This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” the sensei replied. Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training.

Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals.This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched.

Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened. “No,” the sensei insisted, “Let him continue.” Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament. He was the champion. On the way home, the boy and sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind.

“Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?”

“You won for two reasons,” the sensei answered. “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.” The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.

“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 Corinthians 12:9

By Georgy
  1. Ali said:

    What was his weakness? His left arm?


  2. So very encouraging!! May God use His gifts upon my son Noah who has autism. Thanks for posting such an encouraging story.


  3. Love it…mastering our greatest strengths often means we need to look at what we believe to be our weaknesses and view them in a different way. Then after work, they become our greatest strengths.


  4. Very encouraging! My husband lost his left leg in a car accident! I’m going to share this story with him


  5. "Working for Christ" said:

    Great post! Enjoy your week, Kenny T! 🙂


  6. Wonderfully encouraging to be reminded that He can use our weaknesses for good!

    Blessings ~ Wendy


  7. You had me all the way to the end–I love surprise endings! What a perfect illustration for II Cor. 12:9.


  8. Reblogged on Godcrazzzy with a comment of simply awesome!


  9. Absolutely beautiful and inspirational. Our apparent weaknesses may become vessels of grace that reflect God’s glory if we have the faith and courage to believe that this is possible. Another brilliant story
    God bless


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