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The Day I Learned to Tie My Shoes

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A lot of us look at life as an opportunity to reach certain levels of achievement. We work hard and hope to be successful and we think that getting one more promotion or one more degree is a mark of our own sweat and accomplishment. I thought that myself before I had a stroke.

However, when I lost everything that I could do that I once thought was easy, and by that I mean the ability to do the simplest things like tying my own shoes or writing a check, I discovered that there was a whole world of success I knew nothing about.  It was success measured by a willingness to keep trying, a desire to surrender everything I was and everything I was going to be in the future to God.  It was a discovery that accomplishment in God’s sight might just have a different definition than I had ever been used to.  It took every bit as much effort to learn to tie my shoes as it had ever taken to accomplish other significant things. It was a big lesson and I was a kindergarten learner because I had to start over to understand the ways of God.

I learned that God was with me even in my weakest condition.  He knew me.  He had not given up on me and He did not want me to give up on Him.  He saw my struggle to learn to walk and talk and feed myself.  He cheered me on and kept people close to me who could encourage every little effort I made.  I triumphed because He was always there holding me up.

The same thing is true for you.  Whether you are just relearning to tie your shoes or to feed yourself or to be able to put two sentences together in a meaningful way, you are in God’s hand and He will not let you go.  He is a Master Teacher and He won’t let you down.  He’ll coach you and encourage you and He may even put you in remedial classes, but as long as you stick close to Him, you will learn what He wants you to learn and you’ll understand the true meaning of success.

Success means you learned to surrender to God and to tie your shoes and that is a major accomplishment!

May God bless you today as you learn even more about His unconditional love for you!

We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. They are the people he called, because that was his plan.

Romans 8:28, NCV

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