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I Can't---He Can!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Philippians 4:12-13

"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."

Sunday evening I was watching "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." It highlighted the Hughes family from Louisville, Kentucky. The oldest son in the Hughes family is Patrick Henry Hughes, age 19, who is a college student at the University of Louisville.

Nothing unusual so far---right? Wrong! There certainly is something unusual about Patrick Henry. You see, Patrick Henry was born to two wonderful parents, Patrick John and Patricia Henry. Patrick Henry was born blind and could only reach his hands and arms out a short distance from his body.

He was nurtured in a home that saw potential instead of pity. Patrick Henry learned from an early age to play the piano. In fact he was placed in front of the piano at about nine months of age. By the time he was two, he was able to play selected tunes upon request.

As he was interviewed, Patrick Henry said that he did not consider being born without eyes as a handicap. "I see blindness, not as a disability, but more of an ability, and sight actually as more of a disability. Some people with sight tend to judge others on what they see on the outside. I don't see that way. I just see that which is within a person." FANTASTIC!

John Henry is now a member of the marching band for the University of Louisville, where he is a student. His dad has had to learn the formations and he wheels Patrick Henry around the field while his son plays the trumpet. Another item that I almost missed was the fact that he can hear music one time and be able to play it.

I am reminded of those who have virtually no disabilities and limitations, yet whine and bemoan there sad condition. It is enough to make you want to get up and give them a boot in the afterburner! This whiney attitude is applicable both to believers as well as unbelievers. Wake up! We need to have a different attitude than the world.

I once heard a celebrity try to be funny by warping today's Scripture. They said, "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty---having plenty beats being in need any day!" I am sure that Patrick Henry would not agree with that negative statement.

The Apostle Paul experienced unbelievable hardship and pain during his ministry. In 2 Corinthians 11:23-29, he lists many of his ordeals. It was not to glorify these or to take credit, but rather to show that the power of God surpasses all of the trials of this life. He gloried in the pain for it was through his suffering that the beauty of Jesus could be seen.

Paul had a secret. The secret was the key to be content in every disappointing situation. He sure had many of them. You may have a few of them yourself. Do you want to know what the secret is? It was in today's Scripture. It would be a fantastic verse to memorize. Phillipians 4:13: "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today. Trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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