Devotional for Tuesday November 7th

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Pushing through adversity”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (HCSB)

 

Our thought for today: “You can do it too.”

 

Yesterday I made reference to a couple of somewhat silly and yet inspiring examples from my childhood. I told you about Tigger, the character from the Winnie the Pooh series, and his little jingle that he had a top made of rubber and a bottom made of springs. And I told you about my sparring partner, “Rock ‘em, Sock ‘em Bozo”, and his unique ability to take a punch and bounce right back up.

 

Those examples serve to remind us that we all admire people who, like Tigger, can deal with whatever they encounter in a light-hearted and good natured way; or like Bozo, they have the ability to take a hit and bounce right back up.

 

I know a strong Christian woman who is currently in the end stages of cancer. She will go to be with Jesus soon. She has been fighting the cancer for many years and has endured countless chemotherapy sessions, gone into remission and enjoyed periods of good health, only to have the cancer come back. She has gone through that cycle several times. Now it’s back again and there’s nothing more that can be done.

 

But despite the fact that this has been going on for years, and despite the misery of the side effects of the chemo, and despite the deep disappointment of the cancer coming back again and again, she has pushed through it and lived a rich and full life despite the cancer. She is a woman of grace, strength, and great dignity. Even during the years of her protracted illness she has been active in a wide range of ministry activities. She has gone on mission trips, she has been financially generous for many good causes, and she has made it a point to be a blessing to numerous people. When you’re with her you quickly discover that she has no desire to talk about herself and her illness, instead she wants to talk about you and your life. She has been a walking, talking, living example of what the Apostle Paul described in Philippians 4:13.

 

Even the worst things in life can be endured and handled well as long as we are walking closely with Jesus. You too have been empowered by God to persevere. You too can push through adversity and do it with dignity and grace, with strength and confidence, with peace and with a strong resolve to bless others even while you fight through your own stuff. Jesus gives you that ability.

 

It’s not just Tigger and Bozo, the Apostle Paul and my friend who can do it – you too have what it takes to push through and bounce back, and to do it with grace and dignity. You can do it too.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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