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WHEN WEAKNESS CAN BE OUR STRENGTH

I read this story about how our biggest weakness can become our biggest strength. There was a 10-year-old boy who 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,” the boy finally asked, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?” The master answered, “This one move I know very well, and this is the only move you’ll ever need to know.”

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 advanced to 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 Sensei intervened. “No,” Sensei insisted, “Let him continue.” Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used the one move he knew 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 arm and one move?” “You won for two reasons,” 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.” Since he did not have a left arm, the boy realized that his biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.

The same is true of many who utilized their weakness in a positive way for progress instead of in a negative way for pity. Such is the case with Mariusz Kedzierski is a Polish artist from Świdnica. He uses pencil and paper as a medium to create realistic portraits, and calling him amazing is an understatement. His skill makes him amazing in his own right, but when you take into account that he is an armless artist, it elevates his talent to another level!

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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