Proverbs 30:1, “The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh-an inspired utterance. The man’s utterance to Ithiel: “I am weary, God, but I can prevail.”
If You Think You Can…. You Will
Stories can often be an effective way to teach very powerful life lessons. As a matter of fact, during Jesus’ ministry, one of his most used preaching techniques was the use of parables or stories. Stories have a way of creating vivid imagery that registers with our mind to help us understand a concept. Most of us can still remember nursery rhymes and stories we learned as a child. From Dr. Seuss, to Disney we have learned that hard work pays off, the value of friends, bravery is a good thing, and to never trust a witch in the forest all from the stories of our youth. These stories while often simple are the bedrock of childhood and shape the memories that many have of their early years. One of the ones that has always stuck with me was, The Little Engine That Could.
The story of the Little Engine that could is about a small engine that did more than people thought he could simply because he thought he could. What we often miss in the children’s stories are how those lessons are applied to adult situations. Often we think we can do things, but from time to time we forget that things are not always easy. The mind may be willing but the body weak, and sometimes the body is strong but the mind has had enough. It is in those times that we have to remember the end. Even though we are tired and weary with God we can prevail. As the scripture in Proverbs 30 says, though I am weary, I can prevail.
It is not abnormal or abstract to feel mentally exhausted. But the next time you get to the point that the road looks longer than your strength, just think you can. Push a little further and a little harder. For Provebers 23:7a says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Your thinking is directly connected to who and what you embody! Thinking that you can will give you the strength, resolve and fortitude to go on in spite of how the road looks. The truth of the matter is it will usually be harder than you think just don’t give up. So when you look at the road ahead and your already tired, all you have to know is, I am weary God, but I will prevail.
I Think I Can …Therefore I WILL!
Pastor Derrick Phillips
Father, I pray for every reader today, that you will enlighten the eyes of their mind to not think but also see! I pray for every person that is weary today, that is downtrodden, and that has been utterly cast down…let them think themselves into a new mindset, a new attitude, and a new position in you! We thank you for the shift from failure to success! In Jesus’ Name. Amen!