You can do it!

“Everything’s wrong with my life!”

“What’s wrong?” The helpful question.

“Nothing…” I flop on the couch, “nothing’s wrong with my job, my friends, my family, my life,” I moan as I muffle my complaints in a pillow. “But it’s all wrong.”

She prescribed sleep. But this verse came up at the beginning of the day, and it shone a ray of warmth into my fog of frustration. Now, I think that verses are taken out of context far too frequently and used to support our haphazard ideas of the day. But sometimes God can use just once verse, and it makes all the difference.

In the context of a prayer, at the beginning of his letter to the Philippians, this is what Paul writes:

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”

Read the passage. It is a beautiful prayer. And for those days where all your socks are dirty, caffeine sends your tired mind into hyper-drive without helping you think, and your projects are 1,000 clicks of a mouse from completion, Paul reminds us, YOU CAN DO IT BECAUSE…

It is not you going alone. You’ve got God holding your back. And He died for You, and lives to shower You with love. Hard love, gentle love, love for the moment and for eternity. So take a breath, admire the view, and enjoy the adventure of today. No matter how far you wander, God will take you back as you seek His way.

You can do it!

God, thank You for simple comfort, for sunshine and flowers and people laughing and surprises. Thank You for what You are doing, even when I want to give up for the day. It is a long race, but You are helping me through. Thank You! To You be the glory, Amen.

 

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