The Power to be Your Best

Some of us remember the days of manual typewriters. Imagine for a moment that you were a writer in the 1800’s when the first typewriter, as we know it, was invented. You would have thought it was wonderful. No more sitting for hours with a pen and paper. No more hand cramps from grasping that pen so firmly. No more eyestrain from concentrating so intently so as to get ever letter perfect.

Fast forward to the early 1900’s when the first electric typewriter was invented. If you were in that era, you would think it was even greater. This new electric typewriter had power behind it. It allowed the same work to be done faster and easier.

Then computers were invented, better still. Computers were capable of even more power and made typing even easier and allowed mistakes to be corrected quicker. Computers have come a long way from where they first started.  I am one grateful writer to be living in the digital age. I need that power that the computer offers to be my best, most efficient self.  Apple, the leading computer company, says just that in one of its slogans. The slogan is “The power to be your best.” What they are saying is that their product can help us do what we do at the ultimate level.

That slogan could also be used in our spiritual lives. The power to be our best is available to us if we just avail ourselves of it. That power is the Holy Spirit, God in us. God sent the Holy Spirit to be our power source. We can do what we are called to do with a lot less effort, resting in him, rather than struggling on our own. He nudges us when we are about to go astray and helps us to take the right path. He enables us to do more than we could imagine doing on our own.

The Holy Spirit also helps us correct our mistakes much quicker. Computers have a way of letting you know when you make a mistake.  So does the Holy Spirit. When we sin, the Holy Spirit convicts us, and we simply go to him, ask forgiveness and ask him to help us fix our mess-ups. The Bible says if we confess our sins he deletes them and remembers them no more.  It is not like when we used whiteout, and you still could see traces of the mistake. No, he erases them completely.

Computers are also great for being able to work on a project over time. We can go back and start again building on what we have already completed. The Holy Spirit works on us over and over again, making us into what he wants us to be. We are a work in progress.

Do you feel like you have been doing life manually lately?  Does everything you do seem like a struggle? Are you cramped from trying to get everything right on your own? Do you have some things in your life that you would like to white out?

Remember, you don’t live in those olden days anymore. God makes all things new. He did not leave you alone. You have a power source. Plug in and be grateful for the power to be your best.

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. (Romans 8:11) (NIV)

Sue Potts

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