I can't....but Christ can!
"I can't." This phrase is something that I recently realized I've been thinking or saying a lot.
I can't get everything on my list done. I can't love that person. I can't respond correctly. I can't do that job because it is too hard. I can't put up with this circumstance. I can't be a good mom to my children. On and on the list goes. Daily there are things that happen in our lives which make us want to give up hope in different areas.
Some people will tell us that we just need to try harder or believe in ourselves. While we do need to work hard and do our best, these statements are not the answer to our struggles. The answer is Christ. You see, the thing is, those "I can't" statements are actually true.
I can't get everything done on my list. My strength is limited. I get to a certain point where physically I don't have the time or energy to complete everything. Psalm 73:26 says, "My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." We will come to the end of our own strength, but God's strength never ends. He is the one who enables us to do His will.
I can't love that unlovable person- not on my own! But Christ loved us while we were sinners who hated Him. He has incredible love for us that never ends. By His grace, He enables us to love others in the way that He loves us.
On and on it goes. For every "I can't" in our lives, Jesus comes along side of us and empowers us to do His will. This verse was written by Paul when he was struggling with a great area of weakness- '“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.' We, too, can choose to be thankful for our weaknesses, because it is when we are most weak that He is strong.
So, the next time we find ourselves thinking "I can't" about all different areas of life, we need to stop and think about truth and ask God to help us accomplish the tasks He has for us that day. We can't, but Christ can.