Diary of a Wimpy Family Edition

“God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.” - 2 Timothy 1:7

Have you read (or maybe at least heard of) the series of books aimed at middle school guys called “Diary of a Wimpy Kid?” Like all successful franchises, it’s also been adapted into a movie … or four. It’s written from the perspective of Greg, a hapless
12-year-old who suffers the various indignities of being a younger brother to a high schooler, an older brother to a toddler, and a middle school student who doesn't stand out in many ways at all. He’s just an average, wimpy kid.

Interestingly enough, Jesus specializes in “wimpy-ness!”

For three years, Jesus poured His life into His followers who, at many points in their lives, couldn’t be described as anything other than “wimpy.” They opted for the easy choices and gave in to fear … they were just wimpy. But the good news is that Jesus loves filling wimpy people with His strength. Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians: “When I am weak, then I am strong.” Paul knew that his strength was God’s strength working through his own weakness.

Families can be wimpy, too. We can choose to take the easiest paths, make decisions based on what’s convenient at the moment, or allow our schedules to become so bloated that we’re slaves to the whirlwind of activities written on our calendars. There’s good news for us, too! Jesus wants to shape our (sometimes wimpy) families with His strength. The power comes from our identity in Him. I hope you’ll join us in this journey of “Diary of a Wimpy Family.” No matter what your family context is, God has strength for you. Expect God to work in your life during this series. He will shape the patterns of your life to grow strong as you follow Him. When we are weak, He is strong.

Thanks to Joe and Betty Bordeaux, Pastor Bill and Carol Diekelman, Terri Gibson, Edie Grieshaber, and Judy Ruf for sharing their insights and experiences as we grow deep in God’s Word together.

Pastor Brian King
August 2017