Monday, March 12, 2012

I Can't, But He Can!

One of the biggest differences between my younger sister and me is this:
I believe I can't. She believes she can.

I still remember the phrase my mother and many a teacher quoted whenever can with an apostrophe t popped out of my mouth.

"Can't never could do anything."

As a child, this quote never inspired me to get out there and give whatever it was I couldn't do an honest try. It only discouraged me and reinforced what I already knew. I couldn't do anything.

Of course, now, I get it. Looking back, I realize I totally misunderstood what my mom and my teachers were really trying to tell me.

If you think you can't, you will never try, and as a result, you won't! Not because you can't, but because you simply choose not to try. You never start, so you will never finish. You never try, so you will never achieve. It's as simple as that!

My can'ts have never done anything. My sisters cans have.

Like the time she found the perfect bed for her toddler. While the bed may have indeed been perfect, the price for it was not. So, my sister started looking online to find a "blueprint" for this very bed. Fortunately, she found one and when she did, the very next words out of her mouth were "I can make that". Tonight, she will read stories, say goodnight prayers, and then kiss her little boy goodnight as he climbs into the bed his mommy made just for him.

"To dream anything that you want to dream. That's the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do. That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed." --Bernard Edmonds

This is a quote my sister has on her facebook page. It is obviously one she takes to heart and lives her life by. She believes she can and so she does. These aren't the only words, however, that breathe life into my sister's dreams.

She also lives her life by the words found in Philippians 4:13:

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

I love the way this verse reads in The Amplified Bible.

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who [a]infuses inner strength into me; I am [b]self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].

My mom was right. My teachers knew what they were talking about. Can't never could do anything. But God can do ALL things.

As a child, (and yes, even sometimes now as a 40 something adult) I doubted my ability to do. I knew me and because I did, I knew "me" couldn't! I failed to try because I knew if I tried I would fail. My reasoning was completely warped. My view of who I was was distorted. My can'ts never became cans because God was never even in the picture.

Philippians 4:13 brings it all into focus.

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who [a]infuses inner strength into me; I am [b]self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].

I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency. In order to step out and do what God has called me to do and to be who He has created me to be, I don't need to be self-confident. I only need to be God-confident.

So, what can I do?

I can do ALL things.

Tonight, as a read my Bible, say my goodnight prayers, kiss my husband goodnight and get all tucked into my bed, I climb into the strength and the sufficiency of my Heavenly Father. With God, there are no can'ts in my life anymore. Only cans!

O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you! Jeremiah 32:17

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1 comment:

  1. I never leave your place empty but full of the hope found in God's promises. I love this quote and version of Phil 4:13. Thank you for always breathing life and gifting encouragement. Sweet dreams, friend :)



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