i can do this, but not on my own
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.Philippians 4:13
Growing up, we’re told we can be whatever we want to be. Reach for the stars and all that. Work hard and you can have it all.
It sounds good. Inspiring. Until the weight of it starts to sink in.
Until you realize that you are now expected to actually be something great, have it all, and do it all.
And then your legs are taken out from under you when you experience the truth – that we don’t get to be whatever we want to be and we can’t really have it all and for heaven’s sake, we cannot do most of it, let alone all of it.
We have been dining at a trough of lies and it’s left us bloated and sick with guilt, shame, and striving of every kind.
So I am speaking truth so that I can live truth.
I can be exactly who God has called me to be, and He calls me to be what I could never be on my own.
I can do what He has wired me, gifted me, and anointed me to do, and it is nothing I could ever do on my own.
I can have all that He offers me, all He provides for me, and it can be more than enough, and more than I could have ever gotten on my own.
I am weak in so many ways it’s ridiculous. On some days I can’t stick to anything long enough to start, let alone finish.
I have relied on my own strength so much it’s no wonder I believe failure when I hear it whispered over me.
But oh, the truth.
God was never relying on my strength. Never demanded that I do any of it on my own. In fact, He told me the exact opposite.
“…apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
The truth for my tired self is that it was never meant to be through me. It was never going to be my own strength that got anything done,or made me into anything.
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
I can do this, but not on my own.