“When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.” 

– Genesis 32:25

Did you know that the best leaders have a limp? I think this is an important thing to remember as we begin a new year. It’s tempting to feel like you must have everything together and be perfect in order to have an impact on those around you. However, this is a fallacy that is propagated by an image-driven society and nothing could be further from the truth! 

When Jacob wrestled with God, he was stubborn and gave it everything he had. In fact, the Bible says that the “man” he was fighting could not overpower him. Needing to demonstrate that He was greater than this mere mortal, the Lord touched Jacob’s hip socket and caused it to wrench. As he shouted out in pain, pulled back, and began walking with a limp, Jacob realized that as much as he wanted to, he could not outsmart his Maker. When he understood his own limitations, he was free to embrace the strength imparted to him by God and to partner with Him in confident humility. In other words, he became a leader when he grasped that coming to the end of himself meant receiving much more from the Lord. 

My friend, it’s suffering that causes people to take you seriously and qualifies you to be a difference-maker. When the world sees that you have paid a price for your position and wisdom, they are much more inclined to follow. As you become keenly aware of your shortcomings and are willing to admit them, you not only earn the respect of those around you, you endear them to you and empower them to do the same. Lead with a limp, and I promise you, Jesus will pick up the slack, multiply your influence, and bless you in ways you never thought possible!


Jesus, thank you for empowering me to lead with a limp. I’m thankful that I don’t have to be perfect to have influence.


What is your limp? How might it give you strength to lead?

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