“I Can Do It”

Hello Friends,

How are you doing today? Did you have good week? Did you do anything fun or exciting? Can you believe that Summer is just around the corner? And you know what that means….no more school, no more homework, no more having to go to bed early or having to get up early. Freedom is almost here!!

I don’t know about you, but when I was in school it always seemed like the big, exciting, projects were often due at the end of the school year. It was sort of like a big celebration: instead of listening to the teachers give a lecture, we spent the last few days of school showing off our creations–our contraptions. As fun as they were, I remember two projects that didn’t go so well. My dad and I worked and worked on these projects, tested them at home, but only to find out that they didn’t do so well at school. One project was called the Rude Goldberg Machine. The purpose of this project was to push a ball at the beginning but then everything else happened on its own: sort of like a chain reaction or dominos. Everything worked well until the last phase, where nothing moved. The second project was a solar system. I had this grand idea of making something big, but then something happened. I instead made something last minute that looked good at home but fell apart by the time I got to school. I was so proud of these projects, but then they didn’t do what I thought they should do.

Have you ever worked so hard at something, but then come to find out that what you created didn’t work? I was really mad when this happened to me. Were you mad? Were you a little upset? Jesus’s friends even had this happen to them. They spent all night in the Sea of Galilee fishing but only to catch nothing. Then Jesus came and told them to cast their nets on the other side of the boat…and…they got so many fish! Sometimes we get disappointed when something that we worked so hard for doesn’t go to plan, but we must remember that Jesus has more important things for us. Jesus needs us to cast our net somewhere else, to work on something else, to give our attention to those who need help. Jesus will help us get through anything if we listen to him.

This week, remember that if something doesn’t go right or go to plan, take time to listen to Jesus and asked him for help. If he can help his friends catch a lot of fish, then he can certainly help you do great things. Remember to say, “I can do it!”

Your Friend, Holy Spirit!

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