All Things ~ Sunday Devotional
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
For sure, this verse can provide motivation. It’s often recited when someone needs a super dose of strength to do something hard. And that’s okay, but I want to look at it a little differently.
In the paragraph (verses 10-13), Paul speaks of being content in any situation, the hard and the easy, the good and the bad, and finishes with this verse.
I think sometimes we need strength to simply be content. To be okay with where we are. Think of the dog whose owner tells him to “Stay” when it’s clear that’s the last the dog wants to do. Often you’ll notice the dog on alert, tail wagging. It takes everything for that dog to obey his master.
As I read scripture and prepare Sunday devotions, I ask God how I (and we) can apply it to a healthy lifestyle.
It can be difficult to complete a race, set the alarm to get up early to work out, drink 8 glasses of water a day, or avoid second helpings – all things we might need to ask for some extra strength to do.
But what about being content with your body right now? The pace you’re currently running? The mile you’re walking? The size you’re wearing? The time it’s taking to build a foundation for your fitness so that it’s sustainable over the long term?
I don’t know about you, but I need Christ to help me be content. It takes His strength in me not to chase numbers and get caught up in new diet trends or complain about how my race times are slowing down.
I believe we can agree that you and I need Christ. We need His strength – strength to do the hard things – but we also need His strength to be, to be where we are, to be okay with now.
All things. I can do them through Christ. When the “thing” is to do something but also with the “thing” is to be, and to do nothing.
What is it you need His strength for? Are you trying to do when He’s asking you to be?