The following story comes from Robert Norris (via Reader's Digest):
"My brother and I
arrived at boot camp together. On the first morning, our unit was dragged out
of bed by our drill sergeant and made to assemble outside. 'My name's Sergeant
Jackson,' he snarled. 'Is there anyone here who thinks he can whip me?'
280-pound brother raised his hand and said, 'Yes, sir, I do.'
grabbed him by the arm and led him out in front of the group. 'Men,' he
said, 'this is my new assistant. Now, is there anyone here who thinks he can
whip both of us?'"
That humorous story
reminds me of our relationship with God. As we look out at the world, our
pride and our sense of independence may cause us to feel that we can take on
anything life has to throw at us. But life will let us know very quickly
that we are no match. The trials of life have a way of beating us down
and causing us to feel helpless at times.
But God stands by our
side and suddenly our confidence is renewed, because there truly is no one or
nothing strong enough to defeat us both.
"What then shall we
say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"
"You are of God,
little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater
than he who is in the world." (I John 4:4)
"Be strong and of
good courage; do not be afarid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with
you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)
May you find your
confidence this day not in your own strength, but in the strength of the One
who stands by your side.
Have a great day!
- Alan Smith, author of the popular "Thought
For Today," and minister for the Fayetteville Church of Christ in
Fayetteville, NC, may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org