Thursday, August 15, 2013

I Could Never Do That

How many of us have ever said, “Oh no! I could never do that!!”

In life there are situations and circumstances that we encounter that stretch us beyond what “we think” that we are capable of doing. If we want to be technical, there is really nothing that we can do in our own strength---at all! We are totally, absolutely, undeniably, unequivocally dependent on Almighty God to even draw our next breath!!

What is it that YOU thought you could never do? Speak in front of a large group? Teach a Sunday School class? Start a ministry to help others? Compete in a marathon? Write a book? Sing a solo at church? Go back to school and get a degree? Fulfill the role of a minister’s wife? Of course, this list could go on and on, depending on your particular “oh no” situation.

The Lord has a very tender and loving way of preparing our hearts for those things that we thought we could never do, and sometimes those monumental tasks are directly related to doing the Lord’s work and sometimes they are not. Yet whatever those desired tasks may be, we all must heed what God’s word says, “…do it all for the glory of God”.
1 Corinthians 10:31
We must certainly honor the Lord in our daily lives and even in those things that we aspire to do, always seeking His will in doing them.

I had an “oh no, I could never do that” event in my life. But my Precious Savior showed me that “oh yes, you can do that”. So for the very first time last school year, I homeschooled my youngest daughter.

In years past I had heard of many families homeschooling, I had talked with families who were successfully homeschooling, and yet I remember feeling that teaching your kids at home would be a very scary and challenging task. Oh, I could never do that! However, the year my daughter was in the fifth grade, I began entertaining the idea--I eagerly wanted to give it a try. My husband and I were being very prayerful about where she should attend middle school, and since private tuition was not an option at the time, the decision to teach her at home became a consuming desire in my heart. So I spoke with other homeschooling families, read books, attended a seminar, researched curriculum, PRAYED A LOT, and took the plunge. I did what I thought I could never do! In fact, my first year went so well that, by God’s grace, I am homeschooling her again this year!

The Lord was so faithful to take away my fears and equip me to teach my daughter, and just as He empowered me to do what I thought was impossible, He can do the same for you. Pray to Him, trust Him, submit to His will, and watch Him work!!

Is there something you think you could never do? Remember we can do all things through Christ who gives us the strength!! Philippians 4:13

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