A Church with Great Expectations

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Paul wrote to the church at Philippi. This was to encourage them from thinking that they would be of little use in the kingdom of God because of some extenuating circumstances; too poor, too oppressed, too average, too (name our favorite excuse). Is there no limit to what Jesus can strengthen us to do? Yes and no. He will never give us the strength to sin for his glory. Theoretically, He can make us jump over the moon. Though my spirit may be willing, I find my faith for such an endeavor is as weak as my flesh. OK. He gives us strength to do all things He calls us to do. Even Peter walked on water for a few steps. Yet pessimism often reigns because of naysayers as this old (as indicated by the vocabulary) poem attests. No matter its age, its message is as pertinent as ever. And we have Anonymous to thank for it.


The man who misses all the fun, Is he who says, “It can’t be done.” In solemn pride he stands aloof, And greets each venture with reproof. Had he the power he’d efface, The history of the human race. We’d have no radio or motor cars, Not street lit by electric stars, No internet or telephone, We’d linger in the age of stone. The world would sleep if things were run, By men who say, “It can’t be done.”

 Paul writes to the Corinthians, “….But we have the mind of Christ.” (1Cor. 2:16) If we can do all things and couple that with the mind of Christ, where is there place for pessimism? Let confidence in Christ roll. Bring it on! It can be done! Ahh! The future looks brighter already. --Ben