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I can do it myself

If you’re a parent, you’ve heard this at least once, but probably more like 100 times however many children you have. We want our children to learn new things, gain confidence in their abilities and eventually head out on their own as self-sufficient adults. But that phrase “I can do it myself!” (at the top of his lungs) used to grate on my very last nerve. Maybe I was attempting to teach him how to tie his shoes, or make his bed, or do the dishes, or learn a new math concept. Only took one time and then he was an expert and I heard “I Can Do It Myself!” In all probability, the shoelaces would fall apart, the comforter covered up sheets still at the foot of the bed and the plates had bits of dried on egg. We all think we can do for ourselves when in actuality, we need God and we need each other.

The definition of “self-sufficient” actually means having extreme confidence in one’s own resources or powers. My job as a parent was to raise a dependent little boy into a self-sufficient young man. But we can’t forget that we are not to be self-sufficient in all things. Jesus told us He could do nothing by himself; He could do only what He saw the Father doing. If Jesus needs the Father, then how much more do I need Him?

Paul’s exhortation to the church in Corinth included a long passage about unity necessary in the Body of Christ. (1 Cor 12:12-13 – “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”)

If our mission is to love God and love others, then it’s not possible to live with self-sufficiency as our motto. I need you. You need me. We all need God. We are quick to quote Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all this through him who gives me strength”) when we’re in a pickle, but it’s a verse we also need to remember when we’re doing well. It is only through Christ that we can accomplish anything of value. Together, as one Body, so much more can be done for the cause of Christ. Today, I’m letting go of my self-sufficiency and embracing my need for God. I Can’t Do It By Myself!

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