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I Can’t, But He Can

The other day I was speaking on a webinar, and I was emphasizing one of my favorite quotes, “Poor people say, ‘I can’t.’ Rich people say, ‘How can I?'” In all its simplicity, I think it’s a remarkable adage. There is real power behind how our thought process affects our actions.

As I was driving home that evening from the office, I started rethinking that quote. No matter how much I love it, I was suddenly struck with how wrong it is. Instead of the query, “How can I?” it should be, “How can He?” See the difference? We’re not able, but God is.

For some, that idea is frightening. Many of us, myself included, are professional and incredibly practiced “control-freaks.” The idea of handing anything over to anyone else, including our most capable and willing God, makes us squirm and quake in our boots. “What if He can’t… or worse, what if He won’t help me… then what?”

I came up against this during the Great Recession when I was steeped “neck-deep” in my own “ableness.” I had been practicing the “How can I” on steroids mantra and had overleveraged myself in my real estate business. When the financial world at large came crashing down, so did mine.

After much soul-searching, I found out, and eventually accepted, how absolutely “unable” I was. When I was in charge, I messed everything up! So, I gave back the wheel to God and began to see His marvelous works in my life. Now, no matter how rough or hard the journey is, I know God is Able.

Please don’t make my mistake and put your strength in yourself. Your strength is a false economy. Paul says, “When I am weak, then am I strong.” Our strength does not lie in ourselves; it lies in our redeemer.

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I AM THE VINE; YOU ARE THE BRANCHES. IF YOU REMAIN IN ME AND I IN YOU, YOU WILL BEAR MUCH FRUIT; APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING.

JOHN 15:5

 


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