When you are in the middle of an immense struggle, what do you do? Maybe you have lost a loved one, or you are unemployed, or you are raising the kids alone, or you are in a health crisis or caring for someone who is in a health crisis. What do you do?
Last year I attended the memorial service of Fred Smith. Fred was Dad’s mentor and the wisest man I have ever met. Fred’s last couple of years were very tough. He was bedridden, totally dependent, and in terrible pain. His mind was extremely sharp but he had very little energy. In a video he left for the memorial service, Fred talked about the lessons he learned in life, and especially in the last year before he died.
One thing Fred said really impacted me. He said that God doesn’t give you strength to overcome; He gives you strength while you are overcoming. Fred said that he realized that his only responsibility to God was to “just start” what God laid on his heart to do. In his last days Fred impacted many lives through his writings because he “just started” each morning when he woke up. No fear, no pressure to finish the job, he “just started.” At the end of the day he would realize that God had indeed given him the strength he needed while he was overcoming. The awesome thing about this is this is exactly how God works. If we could do incredible things on our own then we really wouldn’t need God or learn to depend on Him.
You can learn more about Fred at BreakfastwithFred
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