Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on November 14, 2013.
Prayer: Keep us in your kindly care, Lord, and help us to have a “can-do” attitude, knowing you are with us every step of the way.
Reading: Philippians 4:13 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: The second summer I worked as a camp counselor, our new director used the phase quite often, "You Can Do It!" We had a sign posted on the wall in the dining hall with those words and just about the time we would get discouraged about something, our boss would chime out, "You Can Do It!"
The positive encouragement we got made us try hard to reach our goals or deal with bad circumstances. We were encouraged knowing that someone was behind us, cheering us on. It lifted our spirits.
God also has a "You Can Do It" attitude. We can do all things through God. God strengthens us and gives us encouragement through the Word when we are down and out. When you need a lift, hear God saying, "You Can Do It." And then, finish your tasking knowing God is behind you one hundred percent. --Chad Hershberger
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