Seize the moment.
Man was never intended to become an oyster.
– Theodore Roosevelt
I’ve been hearing these verses over and over the past few days ringing in my ears:
“Do what you can, with what you have and let God do what He can.”
Sometimes in life it’s easy to get stuck. Have you been there too?
The great Union General, Ulysses S. Grant, felt the same way when his military campaign was stalled outside Vicksburg in 1863. But just a year later, his strategy began to look quite different. In the push south to capture Petersburg, he was encountered by General Lee’s army again and again; instead of retreating, he took action and kept up the fight. The march was referred to as Grant’s “Overland Campaign”, and it was successful because of his refusal to stop or retreat.
Sometimes in life we feel as though we don’t have the resources to achieve what we want. We simply give up and just start waiting for a miracle. However, I’m reminded of the old Biblical hero Samson; as he came under attack by the Philistines, although he had nothing resembling a weapon, he used what he had before him.
“He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, so he reached out and took it and killed a thousand men with it. Then Samson said, ‘With the jawbone of a donkey, Heaps upon heaps, With the jawbone of a donkey I have killed a thousand men.’ When he had finished speaking, he threw the jawbone from his hand; and he named that place Ramath-lehi.…”. (Judges 15:15-17)
Samson could have done nothing and been defeated, but he choose to use what he had and do what he could – and God gave him the victory. Sometimes it’s just a matter of taking action right where you are.
I challenge you to just look around your house for a moment. What is it that you posses already that is a talent or tool, hobby or gift, strength or skill that is akin to Samson’s jawbone? What can you do right now – that God can use to propel you into tomorrow?