It is easy to get caught up in the “I can’t” loop. We begin to dwell on the things we cannot do. This seems to be especially true as we get older. We reflect on things we could do before but no longer are capable. Or we think about things we never could do and still cannot. We can become captured in all the things we cannot do and lose perspective. Instead of thinking of all the things you cannot do, maybe consider what can be done.
No matter who you are or where you may find yourself, there are things you can do to make a big difference. Sure, in your eyes they may seem like small things. They may seem minor or of little consequence. But there are incredible things that can still happen as a result of your efforts. God has given you life and breath and this moment to live abundantly. One thing that comes to mind that we can all do (everybody truly can do this) is to be kind. You can share kindness with a friend, a relative, or a stranger. It doesn’t take money or a lot of time. But it is one of the most valuable gifts we can give right now. Kindness is underrated. We think of it as simple and useless. But it is such a powerful, encouragement that it could change someone else’s day.
We can all be encouragers. Some of us are better at this than others. Regardless, there are people in our lives that we can encourage in their journey. We can write notes, send texts, support financially, and pray for them. We can encourage someone in their struggles or in their every day lives. It doesn’t take much to encourage someone else, yet it seems to be a lost art.
We can love our neighbors. God calls us to love him and love others. This is a calling for us all. This can look different depending on where you are and what you do. But loving God and loving others is possible no matter where you may find yourself. God fills us with love like he fills us with life. He gives us all we need to love others.
If you are stuck in the camp of “I can’t”, I encourage you to leave it. You can do many good things. There are many possibilities waiting for you just outside of the negative. There is kindness to be shared, encouragement to be given, and love to be spread. These are things we all CAN do. So let’s do go.
9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
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