I ran across this 'Word from Pastor Frank' that I wrote back in 2013. I thought it was worth sharing again. Pastor Frank.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
Most of us cannot imagine what it would be like to go through life missing a limb. I remember a time, during my reckless boyhood, of having to wear a cast on my right hand. I was greatly limited in what I could do. Simple tasks such as opening a can or jar, brushing my teeth, or getting dressed became very challenging for me. Zach Hodskins, a high school student from Alpharetta, Ga., was born without the lower half of his left arm because of a birth defect. But Zach never let his disability hold him back from doing whatever he wanted. His love for basketball drove him to work through his disability. He did more than just compete. He excelled at the sport. Not only has Hodskins become a star basketball player, which would be impressive in and of itself, he was offered a spot on the University of Florida basketball team. In his own words, "When I'm out on the court, I forget that my arm isn't there and just play ball. Passion and love for the sport helps me overcome all obstacles. To this day I haven't come across anything I can't do." What an inspiration for all of us who seem to make endless excuses for not doing what we were called to do. Do you have a passion and love for serving Christ? If we truly have a passion for Christ and the ones that He has called us to serve, then we should be able to lay aside anything that stands in our way as well. Always be reminded that your strength comes from the One who made you the way you are, and it is through Him that you can do all things.
"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12: 1,2
Pastor Frank Dodson