We are a nation of innovators and pioneers. We are builders and explorers. We’ve been to the moon and we continue to explore space. We like to look forward and we don’t like to look back. We are always looking for the next big thing and the next new thing.
The pioneer spirit has many wonderful things about it and is responsible for many innovations in science, technology, medicine, and entertainment, but that spirit, like most things, can be a double-edged sword.
It’s a double-edged sword because it teaches us to rely on our own strength. It teaches us that “if it’s to be then it’s up to me” and it teaches us to “pull ourselves up by our bootstraps” in times of trouble and keep moving forward. There is nothing wrong with moving forward, progress is typically a wonderful thing, but the danger of the pioneer spirit is that it can cause us to believe that we are a power unto ourselves. That all of the answers lie within us. It can cause us to become our own idols and not rely on the power of the Holy Spirit that lives in us.
I am not a good husband and I am not a good father when I try to do both of those things in my own strength. I am not patient and I am not always kind in my response when I rely on myself. I am able to be patient and kind when I get out of the way of the indwelling, powerful spirit. I am able to see my kids needs and who they are and what they are capable of when I am empowered by God’s unlimited resources supplied by the Holy Spirit.
Lord, too often I want to rely in my own strength. Too often I try to find a way to do things that seem right to me. You have empowered me with your spirit. Please let me get out of the way and let your spirit lead em and empower me.
In Jesus name, Amen
“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.” – Ephesians 3:16 (NLT)
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