(quote) Angela-304987 said: I shared a link to Amy Grant's new song, "Don't Try So Hard" with a (Non-Catholic/Non-Christian) friend of mine via email who was going through a hard time and she wrote back with questions about the lyrics and about Jesus.
First of all, Angela, thanks for the link to the song.
It's a beautiful tune I had not heard yet. Leave it to Amy to release a
song like this...
Here is the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfGvXfe9LK8 in case you haven't heard it.
My friend wrote: "Thanks for the song, but I don't understand two things within the lyrics. They are: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 about my weaknesses, so that Christs power may rest on me. That is why, for Christs sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.Her Question: "I thought God wanted us to be strong. Like, God helps those who help themselves. I'm confused."
Her 2nd Question: Lyric: I will strive for grace not perfection." What is grace? What is the difference between grace and perfections?"
I have my thoughts although it's hard to explain as someone who has believed in God my whole life and was wondering about the suggestions of others.
I'm no theologian/Catholic scholar in ANY sense of the word at all, and
this is not from any Catholic source book, but I always have kind of felt that
only when we admit to our weaknesses can we truly be a conduit for God's grace
to others. Our own pride and stubbornness prevent God from using us to
help others -- we feel we know better and won't "let go and let
God." I believe that we are put in others' lives sometimes to be an
instrument that God uses to help that person. When we are weak and the
opposite of proud, God can work through us -- His strength can show through us
when we aren't proud. "For when I am weak, then I am strong."
The way I feel about the second lyric you mention is that we ask for God's
grace knowing that we are not perfect and can never achieve perfection on our
own. Only in God can we be made perfect through His grace. Since
there is no way we can make ourselves perfect, we should ask/pray for God's
grace to be made perfect in Him.
Lastly, may God bless you and use you to bring this soul closer to Him.
Again, maybe He is using your connection to your friend to allow His grace to
flow to her. Good luck with your friend!