Today I would like to share with you a chapter from my book “30 Days of God’s Amazing Grace.”
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Thinking back on my childhood days in beautiful Beaufort South Carolina, I fondly recall memories of my mother instilling positive affirmations in my young mind. She would say, “Baby, you can do anything you set your mind to.” In my mind there was nothing I couldn’t do because my momma said I could do anything I set my mind to accomplish.
At one point I dreamt of becoming the world’s greatest kickball player (soccer). I remember sharing that goal with my 4th grade class. Everyone in the class believed it because I played kickball with passion. In fact, I played kick ball so much, the toe of my tennis shoe separated from the main body of the shoe.
I remember my dad saying, “I will not buy another pair for you to ruin playing kick ball. So, I suggest you make do with what you have.” At the time I didn’t care because after all I was to be the world’s greatest kickball player and my momma said I could do anything I set my mind to.
Like any kid with limitless imagination, I devised a way to sew the separated toe together to make my shoe whole again and in kickball ready toughness. I didn’t care how they looked, all that mattered in my world was playing the game of kickball again. PERIOD!
I guess you could say my momma created in me a can do spirit to succeed against all the odds. I believe I would have played kickball barefoot if allow to do so! Of course my parents would not have allowed it. In fact, my dad gave in and brought another pair of Pro-Kids tennis shoes for my continued quest and passion for kickball. In turn, I was easier on the Pro-Kids this time around.
The Apostle Paul wrote about being able to do anything you set your mind to by instilling in followers of Christ that they could do all things through Christ who strengthens them. Not on our own effort or will power, but on the strength of Jesus. Isaiah 40:31 says, “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
There is a hope in the Lord that renews one’s strength. A hope in the Lord that propels us upon wings of eagles. A hope in the Lord that enables us to run and not grow weary. That hope is built solidly upon the finished works of Jesus Christ our Lord and savior.
For as long as the day is to proceed night, we as God’s children can look forward to doing all things through Him who strengthens us with the assurance that Jesus is the source of this confidence and will always be our strength.
So, today as you face this thing we call life, I encourage you to hold onto the one who is able to help you stand in victory by resting on and in the finished works of Jesus Christ. Thus, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens and upholds His children.