As a kid, you may remember growing up hearing the cheers of your parents or teachers telling
you “don’t give up” or “good job!” Maybe you were never encouraged. Perhaps you experienced
the exact opposite and were only told horrible things or simply ignored. I believe people are born
with a need for encouragement and affirmation, yet so many go without and become adults with
broken hearts who somehow need to make it in the world, determined to pull themselves up “by
their own boot straps”. Even commercial messaging surrounds us speaking to our desire to
purely self-motivate, as we hear them say “Just do it”, “We can do it”, and the newly popular “You
For many when we come to Christ we find it very hard to shed this self-reliant life. Although we have received Christ in our hearts, we have yet to truly surrender our brokenness so we can find affirmation and significance in Him. We have yet to become God-reliant. However, once you are a Christian you no longer call the shots, God does. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that “we walk by faith, not by sight.” We know that there are places we need to go in life and things we need to do that will take great strength and great faith. There are bridges to cross that our own two feet and self-reliance will not get us over. We need faith in Christ. We need God’s power to give us wings to fly. However, the longer we keep our perceived grip of control on the wheel of our lives, we will continue to drive ourselves in ditches all the while telling ourselves, “I got this”.
I want to encourage you today to take a look at the socially accepted mantras and quotes of our day and challenge them with the word of God. As you examine your heart and your walk, see if there are ways in which you’ve adopted the disillusionment and lie that you can be both a Christian and the boss of your own life. I want to take you back to the scripture that trumps all mantras. Commit to memory once again;
(Philippians 4:13 (NKJV), “I can do all things *through Christ* who gives me strength.”
Yes you can do it, but only through Christ. Despite the strides you’ve made on your own and all by yourself, you don’t “got this” God’s got this. God and His word will encourage you like no coach, parent, spouse, or teacher ever will. When you realize this, you can open your arms in surrender and take flight.