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2 Cor. 12:9 – 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 of my own weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Let me introduce myself. I’m Christy Britton, expert in insufficiency. In layman’s terms, I’m needy. I’m recovering from a condition known as self-sufficiency. I’ve been in remission for a few years, with the occasional lapse in recovery. My physician is treating me holistically and has given me a hopeful prognosis. Every day I get closer to total recovery. I am on a strict diet of scripture, community, prayer, and worship. My counselor helps me with my desperate neediness. My trainer encourages me to stretch my faith muscles daily. While there are seasons where my condition flares up and I exhibit symptoms of dependence on myself, I trust my physician and believe in his treatment. I believe that I am being healed daily and that one day, my restoration will be complete.
I’m an authority on insufficiency. God continues to put me in places where I’m inept and the only way to do the thing is for him to do it. Not me. This is painful to admit because I’m a high capacity, go-getter. I check things off my to-do list like a boss. Efficiency and me are besties. But this is a problem, because my getting things done in my own strength doesn’t bring God glory. My need for him does. So how do you cure a high capacity, go-getter? By continuously putting them in situations where they are incapable. And this has become my area of expertise.
Needing the Lord is my norm. I no longer live in my comfort zone. I live in this sweet place where ordinary meets supernatural. To be fair, it’s a little scary. I’ve learned that the fear that accompanies being faced with something I can’t handle is always met with the grace of knowing Christ can and has. He is my sufficiency.
Welcome, fellow insufficient friend! My one desire for this space is for it to exalt Christ; what he has done, is doing, and will do. Let’s boast in him together.