Strong spirits: Yes! You can!

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Have you seen the video of the recent Kentucky Derby?

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What a lesson to persevere! What a lesson to never give up! What a lesson!

And all of this applies to us who seek to follow God. We know that nothing is impossible for God. We know that we can do all things through him who strengthens us. And we know that when we face incredible obstacles, it is his strength in us, not our own, that will win the day. That being said, we must still persevere. We must still give him our all.

"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me... one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind, and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." the apostle Paul (Philipians 3:12-14)

Paul gave up everything for the one thing that really matters- Jesus himself. How about us?

Gary Schwerin serves as pastor at Caledonia Congregational Church. He is also the Spiritual Development Minister for the YMCA of the Rock River Valley and Executive Director of Bridge Ministries of Rockford. Prior to launching Bridge Ministries, Gary spent many years in leadership with Young Life. His columns appear here every Sunday - to see them all, subscribe to our daily email.

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