My friends would say I am a ‘can-do’ kind of person, and if you were to look at my life from the outside, you might agree. Like many of you, I work full time. My job requires me to speak around the country on a regular basis, as well as write articles, author books, lead a new building project and direct a team of 35 people. I am also raising two teenage boys, building a strong marriage, involved in leadership at my church, being a friend, daughter, sister, cooking tea, doing the shopping, making hair appointments and begrudgingly taking the dog for a walk.
But I’m going to let you into a secret; something I have discovered to be the key to living a ‘can-do’ life. My greatest-ever breakthrough to becoming a girl who can- was admitting I am a girl who can’t. This girl can’t- not without Jesus…
One of the biggest lies we are told is that we can. We can be anything, do anything; we can fix ourselves, please ourselves, grow ourselves, but the truth is, we can do all those things only if we first accept the fact that we can’t- not in our own strength.
Yes, we may be able to make a good show of it: hold it all together, please the crowd. But underneath it all we are usually full of doubt, fear and insecurity. Many of us are worn out- running on empty but not slowing down; a slave to the mindset that admitting weakness or a need for rest is tantamount to the worst crime of all- failure.
It’s true that Philippians 4:13 tells us we can do all things. But the second half of that scripture is the how we can: ‘…through Christ who strengthens me.’ Christ doesn’t strengthen us without invitation. He will (and has) stood by while I ran around like a headless chicken, trying to live my life at the pace I so naively agreed to, angrily pointing an accusing finger at the God, who told me I can do all things.
He has watched as I tried to hide my weaknesses, my doubts, my fears and waited patiently for me to stop, to be honest, and to say: I just can’t. And I think it is music to His ears when we get to that point. It’s then that His grace lifts us, His wisdom guides us, and His strength comes into its own. I have found that just my admittance of weakness was in and of itself enough to attract His strength.
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