The Little Engine That Could
Do you remember that classic children’s book, ‘The Little Engine That Could?’
The ordinary, plain little engine pulled a circus train, full of animals. As the train cars were filled with more and more animals the engine huffed and puffed to keep the circus train running along the tracks. The trip was not easy as he pulled cars of larger animals like elephants and giraffes. But he kept at the task knowing the animals needed to reach the circus on time. Tired already from the journey he faced his greatest obstacle yet! In front of him stood a hill. As he looked at it, stalled there on the tracks, he began to feel his exhaustion. He had gotten the circus animals this far, but now the road ahead loomed over him and brought despair. This was too much! He was just one little engine. There was no way he could pull this train full of circus animals up and over this great hill! He was tired, exhausted and “out of steam!” He felt discouraged that he had come all this way and could not finish. As he sat, stalled on the tracks, he had a choice to make. Would he press on or would he quit and fail at his goal? The choice was hard!
It would cost him something. Could he do it?
From his delima, come the encouraging words that have spoken over millions of people as they face similar crossroads…
“I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN!”
And so he did! The little engine mustered all his strength and he persevered!
He turned his negative thoughts into positive ones and climbed that hill!
This is the definition of PERSEVERANCE my friends! We keep on, keeping on, regardless of the obstacles that lie in front of us. We do not give up when the going gets tough. We push onward, much of the time, one small step at a time, but moving forward!
“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all PERSEVERANCE.” Ephesians 6:18
As believers in Jesus, we have direct access to the source of all strength and perseverance. We can do it because we have the power of Jesus Christ living in us!
What roadblock are you facing as you find yourself “Summer Steppin,” and out of steam to keep on steppin?
Whatever you are facing, with Jesus, we have a mantra that will never fail. We do not just, “Think We Can,” we know HE CAN!
With Jesus, our mantra is,
“I KNOW HE CAN, I KNOW HE CAN, I KNOW HE CAN!”
JESUS IN US GIVES US ALL WE NEED TO PERSEVERE!
So what is it that you need to keep “Steppin” through? Maybe it is our ‘SUMMER DAILY DISCIPLINES,’ that we have committed to practice every day this Summer. If it is getting hard for you and you find yourself stalled on the tracks as Summer lingers on, let’s commit to putting Step #5 into our daily disciplines!
DAILY STEP #5 PERSEVERE
PRAY AND SAY, “I KNOW HE CAN, I KNOW HE CAN, I KNOW HE CAN,” AND DO IT!
Keep those feet up as you trust Jesus for your PERSEVERANCE to “Keep on Summer Steppin!”
I KNOW YOU CAN!
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