Porch #31 * Can Do Edition

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I'm not interested in what you can't do. 
I'm interested in what you CAN do.
- Tim Stoll -

One of the unfortunate side effects of life as we've come to know it is our increasing focus on what we can't do.  

Conversations seem to end up revolving around our limited options.  The loss of unfettered freedom that accompanied a lifestyle of coming and going as we pleased.  Shelved gatherings, long-awaited celebrations, and dreams of travel.  Feeling out of sorts in not being able to worship side by side with others.  The bewildering low-grade melancholy that's become an unwelcome companion.

Over the past few years, our personal worlds have shrunk even as our angst has increased.  Left untended, this isolating world view easily becomes a fear-fueled slippery slope toward a powerless victimhood.  We end up defining ourselves by what we can't do.  

Instead of who we are in Christ.


Tim's got it right.  'I'm interested in what you CAN do' has been his mentoring philosophy for years.  More than ever, I think the man's on target.

And Kate Bowler asks, 'What is possible today? I find that a really exciting question because it is honest, it is loving, and it still asks us to show up to the day and to our lives with what it requires.'

Choices you CAN make!

8.  live out this sacred invitation - Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things ... and the God of peace will be with you'
- Philippians 4:8-9.

Praising God that our identity is found in Him, not in our circumstances ~

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