Miracles Come in Cans

What kind of miracles and what kind of cans are we talking about?  It is really about a can that is in one of the most famous Bible verses, Phil 4:13 “I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” That’s one of the most outstanding statements in the entire world because Paul focuses on what he CAN do. Sometimes in life, we focus on what we can’t do. I really do believe that miracles come in cans, but the kinds of cans I’m talking about are “I can” instead of “I can’t”.

Of all the things in life that we get to do, there are two that are completely unavoidable – 1) You have to die some day and 2) you have to live until you die. Between those two realities, hopefully through many years, we must decide to live. Every day that you get up, you must decide that you will live the best life you can with God’s help. That’s the decision that determines what you are going to do in this world with your life.

Paul’s attitude was “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” That’s a stunning statement. You could finish the statement for yourself. “I can do ___?___.” “With Christ’s help, I can achieve my goals. I can lose weight. I can live a healthier lifestyle. I can finish my degree. I can love my neighbor. I can break free from addiction. I can have a better attitude. I can have a Christ-like attitude. I can better myself. I can better my marriage. I can make a difference in my community. I can rise to the top in my profession.”  Fill in the blank.

This is more than a “just think positive” message like the Little Engine That Could. Thinking is important, but what Paul is focusing on is action.   He didn’t say, “I think all things through Christ who strengthens me.” NO! He said, “I can DO all things through Christ…” It’s action! Granted, thinking plays a role. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” We need to fill our minds with good, Biblical thoughts and positive thoughts, but thinking isn’t enough. You have to do. What are you going to do today that’s going to move you closer to your goals and your dreams for your future? It’s an action.

So miracles come in cans vs can’ts.  Sometimes we go through life saying – I could never do that, it’s too late for that, or I can’t do that. How do you know you can’t? Have you tried?  Maybe in your own strength you can’t. But the miracle behind Paul’s statement is it’s not just human effort or your ability, it’s what God can do in you and through you.

I want to challenge you – What are some of the things left undone in your life? What are some of the dreams that maybe you’ve forgotten? What are some of the goals you’ve set that you have given up on? What are some of the challenges that you may be facing in your life right now?  A can do attitude is a winning attitude.

I hope you find Christ’s strength in your life this Advent season. I hope this challenges you to rise to that next level in your life. Don’t accept what everyone else is saying about you or some of the thoughts you are thinking about your life. May you have a moment of breakthrough and you begin to realize that miracles do come in cans. They’re in the “I can’s” of life. Start focusing on what you can do and what you can become.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas season! Until next time!

God Bless!

Carl

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