|These became words I spoke to myself each morning.|
When I was younger I was a missionary with the National Evangelisation Teams in Australia. I travelled throughout Australia with 10 young people doing school retreats.
Yes, it was an adventure and full of joy but it was also hard. Ten different personalities, ten people growing in faith and everyday God pruning each of us. I was leader of these 10 people who I wouldn’t have necessarily chosen to be friends with. Some days I wondered how could I get up at 5am in the morning to get ready for the day, to complete an hour of personal prayer and be joyful for the young people we would encounter.
It was during this year I learnt about the scriptures. My bible became a treasured item in the suitcase I lived out of. Early in the year I came across the scripture from today’s second reading. ‘I can do all things through
Christ who strengthens me.’ These became the words I spoke to myself each morning. These are the words that reminded me I would be ok if I relied on God’s strength and not my own. These are the words that helped me to sustain my early morning prayer times that in turn helped me love and treasure my team mates.
As I read through this week’s readings, this scripture is what I needed to hear. School holidays have been hard work with all the rain. Some days I wanted to be rescued from my bunch. But I have been reminded that my children have been entrusted to my care and God would not give me anything I could not handle because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
So, as we enter a busy time of year juggling many commitments, I will find my strength not in coffee or wine, but in Christ.