Thursday, March 13, 2014

Living Lesson: "I Can't" - Sunday Church Bulletin Article

Bulletin Living Lesson: Sunday,March 16th, 2014

“I Can’t” - By Christopher Wiles
Judah Nicholas Swartzentruber
There’s not too many sayings that are as odious to my ears as the simple sentence, “I can’t.”

Maybe it’s because I’m still a relative “young’un”. Perhaps it’s because my mother and father ingrained the idea into me that I can do ANYTHING, almost to an ambitious fault. So it burns me when I hear “I can’t” from the likes of people that God calls to do more. He has given them such a potential, but they fall short of that potential. For me, the worst are those who say “I can’t” and use the heinous excuses of “because God made me this way” or “that’s just who I am.”

Maybe that’s why I like hanging out with Kevin. Big K and I don’t see eye to eye on everything, especially because he towers a good six inches over me, but Kevin and I get along. I really enjoy his wisdom, his ambition, and his “I can do it with God’s help” type of attitude. We have a lot of things in common such we both are preachers, enjoy carpentry and tinkering, appreciate outdoors, revel in Bible discussions, fancy raising chickens, get serious about homeschooling, wear the title “technology nerd”, and we both really strive to lead our wives and children in growing closer to God.

Yet Kevin’s “I can do it” attitude and resume eclipsed mine this morning (Thursday) as he earned the “Man of the Year” award in my book. His one-upmanship came at 6:30am when Kevin called to tell me that God used him to deliver his first son in the van in their garage. You read that right, this sweet family never made it out of the driveway before Kevin “manned up” and assisted God by playing the roles of doctor, nurse, and husband all at the same time. Amazing Amanda and beautiful baby Judah are doing just fine and giving God glory today. Wow, Kevin really can do it all.

So to all you naysayers out there who come up with so many excuses as to why “you can’t” do something God has called you to do to further His mission, remember Kevin, the guy that could do anything with God. If thinking about Kevin achievements doesn’t motivate you enough, I’ll give you one more characteristic about Big K that might inspire you to believe you can do big things with God’s intervention.

Kevin is blind, and that’s the way God made him.
“With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.” - Matthew 19:26b

P.S. I’m sure I’m writing this article against his will as Kevin’s humble nature would likely not approve.  Why do I write it?  Because I can.