POWER TO PERSEVERE
I can do all things through Christ
which strengtheneth me.
“Christ gives us power to persevere.” These words have
been written on the chalkboard in my family’s kitchen since
January 2003. At the time, I was in the habit of writing The
Upper Room’s “Thought for the Day” on the chalkboard so
that the whole family could meditate on it during the day.
However, a family crisis occurred around the time I wrote,
“Christ gives us power to persevere,” and the saying has
remained on our chalkboard ever since. These words have
reminded us to rely on Christ’s strength again and again.
The Bible tells us that God alone is the source of our
strength (Ps. 18: 1; 28: 7) and that we gain strength by waiting
upon the Lord (Isa. 40: 31). The apostle Paul learned this
lesson through his “thorn in the flesh” ( 2 Cor. 12: 7). We too
can learn from difficult experiences.
Our chalkboard reminder that God through Christ
empowers us to endure has seen our family through my
grandma’s decade-long illness, a family friend’s suicide, my
dad’s cancer diagnosis, and
the deaths of my grandma
and dad. In the years since
then, these words have been
a daily comfort to my mom
and me. Rather than being
a thought for a single day, the promise of Christ’s strength can
be an encouraging reminder for us each and every day.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for daily reminders of your love.
Help us to rely on your strength each day. Amen.
Janine A. Kuty (Virginia)
Prayer Focus: CAREGIVERS
— Philippians 4: 13 (KJV)
Thought for the Day
Christ is my strength, today
and every day.