On the notice board in the office I share at the church with my fellow Minister, Lynsey, I have a cross-stitch that was made for me by one of our members. On it is a verse from Philippians 4:13
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
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That blesses me when I look at it for several reasons. One is the truth of the passage. It is not suggesting that I can have superpowers or become omnicompetent. I have sometimes wondered what superpower I would like to have. Flying is an obvious one, but then running as fast as Dash in the Incredibles would be cool. Becoming invisible would have its advantages when I want to disappear and for eavesdropping but that seems a bit sneaky. Superstrength is attractive, but bulging biceps and other muscles would mean I have to buy an entire new wardrobe and I can’t afford that. Superduper hearing might be useful but could I focus on just one conversation or would I be inundated by noise?
I am not sure about superpowers. But there is truth that if I rely on God’s strength to do the things he calls me to do then I can achieve them. The great thing is that in those circumstances I can point to God as the one who has enabled it to happen rather than claim any credit for myself.
Another reason that the cross-stitch blesses me is that it was done for me. Someone took the time and trouble to find the appropriate verse and then stitch it onto the cloth. They could have just written it down or told me the verse, but there is care and dedication in the cross-stitch for which I am very grateful.
The final way that I am blessed by the cross-stitch is a combination of the previous ones. Someone else has found the verse to be true and the cross-stitch is a reminder of their testimony as well as an encouragement to me for mine.
Who can you encourage today? How can you show them care and dedication in the way that you express that encouragement? What part of the Bible might be appropriate to share with someone?
A guy walks into a bar on top of a sky scraper. He sits down next to a guy with glasses who looks like he had a little more booze than he can handle.
The spectacle-wearer looks at the bartender and then at the man who just walked in and says “Hey, did you know that this building is constructed in such a way that if I was to jump out the window the wind would glide me safely to the ground?”.
The man, who decided he could use a laugh said, “Prove it”.
So the guy walks over to the window and jumps out. he glides gently to the ground. A few minutes later he walks back into the bar and says, “Told ya”.
He looks at the bartender who is shaking his head and laughing. The man says, “Do that again”. So the glasses-wearing dude does it again.
The stranger comes back in and the astonished man says, “I’m gonna try that!” He walks out to the window and jumps out. He falls 100 stories to his death. The bartender looks at the man with glasses and says, “You know, you are have a nasty side to you when you’re drinking, Superman.”
It’s just a joke about fictional characters – no real people were injured in the telling of this joke!
Be blessed, be a blessing