“I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.” (Philippians 4:13, Good News Bible).
One night the town drunk was rambling down the street and wandered off into the local cemetery. Unbeknownst to the inebriated fellow, the workers had earlier that day dug a fresh grave for services the next morning. The poor man stumbled and tumbled right into the grave.
He tried to get himself out, but he was to drunk to do so.
“That’s all right,” he mumbled to himself, as he hitched his coat about his neck. “They’ll find me here in the morning.”
Meanwhile, a boy was on his way home after being at a party. He promised his parents he would be home by 10pm. He was hurrying along the street when he realized that he was not going to make it in time. Seeing the cemetery next to the street, he knew that if he cut through the graveyard he would make up the time.
He drew a deep courageous breath and set off on a sprint through the haunting scene. He was running so fast he could not see exactly where he was stepping, and he, too, tumbled into the open grave. He tried to pull himself out, but the steep walls were just a bit too slippery.
Then he heard a voice speak from the dark corner of the grave, “You can’t get outta here!”
But -- he did!!!
Sometimes all it takes is the right motivation to help you do the thing everybody else thought you could never do! Even now you can trust the Lord, as Paul did so long ago. And today your testimony can be the same – “I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me!”
Come on up outta that hole my friend; you were made for something better!