I Think I Can

When our children are young, we read them books like The Little Engine That Could and we learn to say, “I think I can, I think I can.”  We tell them, “You can be anything that you want to be.” We read them, Oh, The Places You Will Go and they know they can conquer the world.

But too often along the way, something happens.  They get picked last at kickball.  They try to play the violin or piano and get frustrated with it.  They audition for the school play and don’t get a role.  And they start to lose their courage.

Then we become adults and we don’t get the job we wanted.  We get older and don’t have the time and energy that we once had.  We have too many other responsibilities including jobs and kids.  We start to think I’m not talented, capable, qualified, experienced enough and they will never consider me.

Paul wrote to the church at Philippi, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)  We serve an almighty, powerful, all-knowing, loving God who has created us in his own image.  Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus and told him he prayed that they would know “what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” in Ephesians 1:19.  Then, he reminded them in Ephesians 3:20 what God can do:

20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

We are strong and powerful because that’s how God created us.  You are infinitely more capable than you can imagine when you seek God’s direction in your life and let Him work in you and through you.