From chapters 10-13 of 2 Corinthians, Paul is focusing his attention on defending his position, authority & credentials as an apostle, due to a minority at Corinth who were challenging Paul in this way. The minority had bought into a false idea of what spiritual leadership looked like and by their estimation, Paul didn’t make the cut. But what Paul does in this week’s passage is that he takes the very things that the false apostles used against him, and he actually makes those things his boast. After asking the minority to give him their attention in a rather sarcastic way (v16-21), Paul spends the rest of the chapter showing how the things which others shamed & ridiculed him about, were in fact his very boast and the proof that he was a true apostle of Christ (v22-33). Paul shows that he was prepared to sacrifice his personal pride, comfort, and wellbeing, along with looking as a coward in the eyes of man, if it meant serving the Lord Jesus wholeheartedly. In the week ahead, discuss with your family how serving and hardship go hand in hand in the life of a believer.