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I recently watched an elderly Christian man being interviewed who throughout his life had risked his life, taking Bibles against all odds yet successfully, into Communist and Muslim countries. When asked what he would like inscribed on his tombstone, he humbly answered: “He Did What He Couldn’t.” This is a proper eulogy for those who consistently apply faith to every situation in their lives, believing that God “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Eph. 3:20).

“He Did What He Couldn’t” — When I heard this, it brought tears to my eyes. I’ve thought about the difference it most probably would have made in my own life, if as a young Christian, I’d heard this, and it had really sank into my head and heart. I didn’t and it didn’t. Consequently, I know, at this stage of my life, that for me, the eulogy, “He Did What He Couldn’t” would be most unwarranted. But, this doesn’t have to be the case with my children and grandchildren or with anyone else’s.

Beginning with my own children and grandchildren, I want to lay this truth on some young heads and hearts: You can live every day of your life with consistent, exciting, assured faith applied to everything big or small that comes along from day to day. If you live like this, you’ll be able to do what is otherwise impossible for you to do: You can live a life that is holy unto God; a life that is helpful to others, and a life that is empowered by a happiness that no circumstances can diminish or take from you.

The most certain thing you have to face in the future is the fact that your life is going to end. Keeping the end of your life intelligently (not morbidly) in mind will shape how you live here and now; it will inform your journey and help guide you from this point on. Make the summation of your life read like this:


P.S. How many things that you absolutely couldn’t do because of lack of money, intelligence, strength, courage, etc. has God enabled you to do? (Share this if you can).


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