ENCOURAGE EVERYONE IN THE HILL CITY AREA TO HAVE A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST!
Wings of Hope by BJ Reese
“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust; His truth shall be they shield and buckler.” ~ Psalms 91:4
When I’m feeling tired and sluggish, I tell myself I can’t do (whatever ). When my legs or ankles are sore, I avoid the 10 daily trips down my cellar stairs that are intended to strengthen my legs. When my arthritic wrist flares up in pain, many household chores don’t get done. All of us do this in some area of life. Every day of our lives, it seems, our flesh tells us there’s some thing we can’t do. All around us are images or messages that remind us of our limitations. As we buy into those lies, we back off . . . slow down. We stop trying. We begin to accept “we can’t” as a truth, and it impacts many aspects of our lives. Encountering difficulty in a particular class in school, we stop giving it our best effort. Unwilling to apply the necessary discipline, we fail repeatedly to develop a consistent exercise and fitness program. Not wanting to give up our favorite snacks, we don’t follow healthy eating habits. Whatever the limitation is, we place it on ourselves. And we do so with a single message – one we play over and over again: “I can’t.”
This is a statement we hear often in our everyday lives. Many times, we hear it in regard to simple, everyday things. Throughout our society, it is accepted as an axiom (a universal truth). However, if we consult the Bible, we find an entirely different truth. Matthew 19:26 tells us God’s truth about limitations: “. . . with God all things are possible.” In this verse, Jesus is speaking to His disciples about salvation, and who can be saved. But this passage has come to be used to encourage people in times of challenge or frustration. It is used to inspire them to keep trying . . . to turn to God for help in achieving that which seems impossible. I was prompted to write this specific column after watching a video on facebook. My son, Tony, was home visiting, and we got into a conversation about typewriters. Even though our focus was how hard they are to type on if you’re accustomed to a computer keyboard, the topic reminded Tony of something entirely different. When he referenced this video – thinking he’d shown it to me – I told him I hadn’t seen it. So, he pulled it up for me to watch. The screen popped to life with amazing artwork images. Portraits of famous people. Animals. Houses. Magnificent landscapes. Historical landmarks. Even replicas of famous paintings like the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. As I listened to the narration, I watched an elderly gentleman sit at a typewriter and work. According to the narrator, he was born with severe Cerebral Palsy and his motions are severely limited. Now, in his later years of life, he lives in an Oregon nursing home. Using only the ten character keys in the top row of the keyboard, he “paints pictures”; creating images like the beautiful ones the camera kept showing. A close-up showed # signs making up the details of the Mona Lisa’s face.
With his physical movements intensely limited by his condition, he discovered his unique gift as a child. Today, he’s still at it, and the home he lives in proudly displays his work in the halls. As I watched, I thought of all the times I’ve fallen short of some task or achievement because of some self-imposed limitations. Here was this man who could have easily resigned himself to sitting and doing nothing, making the very most of every moment. In the process, he was creating amazing “paintings” . . . using a simple typewriter. Certainly, he is a startling confirmation of what we read in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Perhaps it’s time each of us stepped outside of our own minds. Every day, at the first sign of being “stuck” or “hung up”, we should take a moment to reflect upon this simple, straightforward verse. We need to think hard, and find that limiting statement which is holding us back. Then, we need to denounce it once and for all. In its place, we should repeat the simple encouragement found in this verse. If we did that every day, we may soon discover that we don’t feel so limited, after all.
See you next time . . . To His Glory……………..BJ Reese
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