I can do all this through [God] who gives me strength. — Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
When my friend asked me whether she could do the task entrusted to her, she was not feeling confidence being a praise and worship leader. In response I said, “Yes, you can!” I was glad to see that, even though she was still a little hesitant, she could lead us well. I love encouraging people. I enjoy encouraging others because I often accept encouragement from others as well. Today I will share two examples.
In 2012, my sister asked me to write devotion for The Upper Room. At first I doubted whether I could. I thought: Is it possible my writings will be published? My sister always encouraged me that I could, so I started write. Every time I had an experience with God, I wrote to them. Finally, my writings were published in the May-June issue in 2015.
Later a friend said to me: “Sister, I wait for your first publication.” But by “first publication” he did not mean a devotion, but a book. Suddenly I was speechless. I thought I was not capable enough to write a book. Like my sister, my friend always encouraged me that I could. Every time I recalled his words, “I wait for your first publication,” I said to myself, “Lina, you can make a book.” So I started writing a book. In December 2016, my first book was published.
I have not only heard words of encouragement from people. I have also always heard encouragement from God. One of them is in Philippians 4:13, which says: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (NIV). It reminds me that whatever the task entrusted to me, surely I can do all of them with the help of God.
Also with God, I believe that I can endure every situation happens in my life. We know now the world is facing a pandemic. When COVID-19 appeared in Indonesia, every day I heard of people dying because of the disease. Sometimes I felt scared and worried the virus would attack my family. I worried that my family or I could die. I had no way of knowing when this situation would end. One day I said to God: “I cannot endure it.” Then I remembered Philippians 4:13, and I felt God saying to me: “You can endure it with me.”
During the pandemic, every fellowship meeting has been held online. Recently I joined a books and sermons sharing group. In this group we talk about books we have read or sermons we have heard. A friend knew I love reading books, so he asked me to share the contents of the books I have read. I wanted to, but I was afraid talking to many people. Again I was reminded that I can do all this through God who gives me strength. Then I decided to answer, “Yes, I will!”
I thanked God for always encouraging me. Also I thanked God for giving me many friends who encourage me. I know that with God, if I will it, I can do it. We will, we can.
I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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