I can?

My friend, may I ask you a question? How many times have you felt inadequate for a task you needed to perform or a commitment you’d made? Is God willing to transform our mediocrity into something beautiful by simply adding the touch of His grace?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

I am making a set of benches to be used inside our old travel trailer and I am, by no means, a skilled furniture maker. I rely on using good wood and someone else’s plans to make my so-so carpentry look good. But, in the case of these benches, I was having a problem finding the confidence to start the project. I had good birch wood to use and a decent set of plans. But my hesitance in building furniture in the past seemed somehow to prevent me from starting the project. That is until the upholsterer had done his magic with a set of new cushions for the benches. When I saw these, I was confident even my weakest of efforts would look good with these beautiful cushions resting on my mediocre carpentry.

In similar fashion God transforms our mediocrity into something beautiful by simply adding the touch of His grace.

Here’s a story from Martha Melton: John was a young man who had a severe stuttering problem. His one desire was to become a minister, however. “You’ll never be able to be a minister,” his father told him. “Your stuttering problem is too great.” John would not give up. He prayed, sought professional help and learned techniques to compensate for his stutter- ing. Always positive in his attitude, he also began studying for the ministry. The churches he served during the early days of his ministry were compassionate and helpful. When I met him many years later, he was a successful minister and an articulate speaker. He continued to struggle inwardly with the problem, but it was not apparent to his audience. He lived with his stuttering in his heart but God made that weakness into his greatest strength. (Martha Melton)

How many times have you felt inadequate for a task you needed to perform or a commitment you’d made? The Bible tells us that God’s “power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 9:12). As Christians when we face difficult challenges, we can focus on our weaknesses and say, “Lord is there someone else that can do the work?” or we can do as John did, and strive to overcome our inadequacies and trust God to help us accomplish our goals. Besides, if in our weakness we glorify God, we ought to rejoice in our inadequacies. It’s through these that God makes all things divinely adequate.

We pray. Heavenly Father, life often presents us with times when we feel unable, weak, simply not up to the challenges before us. We know we can look to You, the author and finisher of our faith. But so often we lose hope before we even give the challenge a try. Help us Father to know that there are many things that we can do if we only pray for the strength to have the confidence and then dig in and find out what we can do to change things. Forgive us when we abandon these opportunities before we’ve even given it a chance to know whether or not we can be up to the challenge. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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