Are you all familiar with the little train who could? It’s the children’s book about the little caboose that saved the day by pushing the heavy train up the mountain to the tune of. “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”
This is a chant that resonates in my soul. When I started selling real estate with Andrew, I woke up every morning chanting, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” in my mind.
I later revised my wake up thought but this is the first one I had. Today it hit me why I had to revise my thought.
I’ve often linked this chant to Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Really, this little train’s chant has embodied this verse to me for many, many years.
It’s a verse I’ve known by memory since I was about eleven-years-old and I’ve relied on the power in its words ever since. Believing I can do all the yuck things in life with God’s help. This verse carried me through crazy course loads in college, highly demanding jobs in a high stress environment and the hard times of a newly formed marriage. This verse gave me the “umph” I needed to get up for just one more 2:00 AM feeding in the hardest, most demanding and highest stress job with the lowest pay check. This verse has always just rolled around in my head as I picked myself up by my bootstraps one more time.
Last week I decided that I quoted this verse way too much and I had never really spent any time meditating on it. So throughout this day in and day out process of radiation, I have thought about this verse. Even though radiation is seemingly easy, it is the everydayness of it that totally wears folks out. I’m not sure if it’s the emotional reminder of what you’re fighting being thrown in your face day after day after day or if it’s just the way it eats up your entire day due to all that’s involved. Nonetheless, I’ve been quoting the “I think I can” verse. A lot.
Today I realized that this verse is nothing like the little train’s sing songy chant. The train only “thinks” he can. The new creation in Christ can. Today I don’t just think I can or think I will, I know I can and I do. It becomes a thinking versus doing thing.
And lots of times I need more doing versus thinking in my life.
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency]. Philippians 4:13