Op ed

Sanguine Achilles heel

Everyone has weaknesses – some uncontrollable circumstances that weaken you.  The most important is what you do with these especially how you handle them or rather manage them.

The usual reaction about human beings towards  weaknesses is defend them, deny them, excuse them, hide them and worst of all resent them.  But do you know the irony of all these is that they tend to prevent God from using these weaknesses the way he desires since ‘God purposely chose… what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful (1 Cor 1:27-28) For some weaknesses are from the devil or they caused it or some it was a spell cast on them, but let us bring back the reason why God gives us weaknesses so that ‘no one might boast in the presence of God’ (1cor 1:29).  He has a reason for all these and as we know, for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones… all things have been created through him and for him (col 1:16) ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’ this is a clear notice that God has never been interested only with self sufficiency.  If God were interested just in our strengths then he would have created perfect beings but this is not the case here because we have got a bundle of flaws. God having created us as such has a reason, for His ways are not ours neither his thought (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Weakness is that limitation you inherited or were born with, it’s not a habit.  The word limitation sends a lot of negative messages but God is beyond it means he can never be limited by our limitations as Rick Warren puts it , He enjoys putting his great powers into ordinary containers.  The life of St Peter stands a point of reflection for all Sanguine’s.  After the Pentecost he was filled by the spirit and he admitted his weaknesses rather than deny them.  When is your Pentecost?  Like St Peter was like pottery in the hand of the molder we are fragile and break easily.  It’s left for us to accept that God use our weaknesses to shame the strong.

As a sanguine identify your weaknesses as listed above, admit to have them because like St Paul, ‘We are only human beings…’ means we have limitations thus is one of the highest confessions made in the bible.

The greatest mistake done by most Sanguines is trying to change/remove/overcome their weaknesses, the  law of individuation holds for uniqueness and the only thing that makes you a sanguine, is what your trying to get rid of then you will be what?  I say this to you as a fellow sanguine, I am glad to boast about my weaknesses that the power of Christ may work through me.  Sine I know it is all for Christ’s good, ‘I am quite content with my weakness’ 2Cor 12:9-10.

The story of the fight between Israelites and Midianites led by Gideon stands a good example of weakness used as strength.  The travails of the sanguine was meant to keep him within control and to tell those who envy his vibrancy that he does not have it all and as a channel to let him know his noise might cause him a lot in some cases

I console myself every time I think about my thorns as St Paul calls it, that all big names in the bible were weak people.  For instance Moses and his temper that led him to kill the Egyptian, break the ten commandment yet’…the man Moses was very humble, more so than everyone else on the face of the earth Num 12:3

Abraham the coward who many times claimed the wife was his sister to avoid being killed but what happened, he became father of those who have faith. The typical example of a weak-willed sanguine in the person of St Peter was called the rock and the church built on him ‘Mtt 16:17-18

What about David who is known as the man after God’s heart did he not sleep with Bathsheba?  All these shows that God’s house is a weakness special clinic, that is his area of specialty, turning your weakness to strength ‘And what more should I say”? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson,… and the prophets who through faith  conquered kingdoms… shut the mouth of lion, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of sword, won strength out of  weakness…

Fellow Sanguines let us take off our masks, share our struggles, accept the who we are in entirety leaving nothing behind, of course opening up and unmasking is risky especially in the world of today where in most cases lying sets you free in the short run, the truth tend to put you in more trouble, it can be a scary an adventure to wad off your deficiencies and open up to others, caution must be taken as to whom and where to open up; in a genuine relationship, as the case may be, though another danger is when and how do you know a genuine relationship and at what stage of the relationship.  The underlying factor have why a sanguine feels unsafe to accept his weakness but rather he hides them is the risk of rejection, poor sanguine who likes and cherishes attention like mad.

Ironically opening up and saying this is me relieves stress, diffuses fears, humility is accepting the who you are.  Rick Warren brought the picture through by stating that pretentiousness repels while authenticity attracts.  Opening up is a gateway to any genuine and authentic relationship.
The sanguine lives through by trying to please everyone by living to impress but I tell you sanguine, it is better to influence than impress.  However, trying to influence demands closeness which is your greatest enemy since it demands unmasking.  When people see me as being human, many will be propelled to action since out of my humanness which entails bundle of weaknesses I excel; it gives them the confidence that they too can do it.

Let the sanguine say always  ‘…But on my own behalf I will not boast except of my weakness’ thus its being proud of who you are  since ‘ a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated (2cor 12:7). The sanguine’s best answer to all his travails is ‘my grace is sufficient for you for power is made perfect in weakness’ so let the sanguine boast all the more gladly of his weakness so that the power of Christ may dwell in him, let him be content with weaknesses for the sake of Christ.  For whenever he is weak, then he is strong (2 Cor 12:9-10)


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