Do Not Eliminate a Weakness that is A Strength
“Before eliminating a weakness one should see what is on the other side connected to it. It may be that the very weakness which we eliminate is not a weakness at all, but rather a necessary part of strength. For example, one who is tenacious may appear to be stubborn. One who is confident may appear to be cocky. One who is zealous may appear to be proud. One who has conviction may appear to be bigoted.
So often in our sincere desire to improve ourselves we roll into spiritual surgery to remove something that appears to be bad but which is connected to the very thing that makes us unique and successful. This is often caused by egocentricity and is self-introspection.
Many institutions and individuals deteriorate because they become disenchanted with the very qualities that are necessary for success. Let us say with the Psalmist, I shall not be moved, and let us guard daily the landmarks lest they be moved ever so gradually by the enemy.”
- Jack Hyles