The head of Focus on the Family recently shared that he has been grappling with the idea of what real strength is.
Jim Daly, president of the influential pro-family group FOTF, shared in his blog "Finding Home" that he is nearly done with his new book Stronger, due to be released this fall. In the book, Daly explores what God says about true strength.
"I've come to see that, more often than not, I am most usable when I'm weak, broken, powerless – not some sort of spiritual Rambo," Daly wrote in his blog. "It's what Paul, a follower of Jesus, was getting at in his message to the members of the fledgling Corinthian church: 'For when I am weak, then I am strong' (2 Corinthians 12:10)."
The FOTF president said he was inspired to explore the idea of real strength because he wanted to have a better understanding of God's purpose for putting obstacles, pain and difficulties in his life. He hoped that with a better understanding of hardship he would be able to embrace difficulties and allow God to use them to strengthen him.
"I'm at a place in my life where I long deeply to understand and participate in the larger picture that God is painting," Daly wrote. "Whether it's a life-or-death crisis, or the challenge of simply getting through another day, sooner or later all of us confront the undesired sense of being powerless, worthless, feeble, disabled, and dependent on others."
Daly speaks from personal experience when he talks about hardships and pain in life. His father was an alcoholic who left the family when he was five years old. His mother died before he was ten years old and his stepfather abandoned him and his other four siblings after his mother's death. He went through several difficult years in foster care and became a Christian in high school through which he found meaning and purpose for his life.
In 2005, the orphan and son of alcoholics took the helm of Focus on the Family, the most recognizable Christian pro-family organization in the nation.
"I am living proof," Daly wrote in his autobiography Finding Home, "that no matter how torn up the road has already been, or how pothole-infested it may look ahead, nothing – nothing – is impossible for God."