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Rowing is Hard Work!

So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerebbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”

That reminder to us comes directly from Zechariah 4:6.

We are sure that each day you work hard, not just at the office or school, but also at home and in the many other activities you are involved in. But we ask you, do you work smarter too? Do you use all the available tools to make the things you do just a wee bit easier?

14027-vintage-illustration-of-a-woman-rowing-a-boat-on-rough-seas-pvWe so often try to accomplish great things, and that is a good thing. But it is also true that in doing so we wear ourselves down to the bone because we don’t tap into all the right resources. Picture yourself rowing your boat against the current in the ocean and the hard strenuous work it is, when right behind you sits an idle outboard motor just waiting to be used to power your boat back to shore. Sounds silly, right? But it is true, that is how we sometimes operate, under our own power and might.

The same can be said of the things we do for our Lord. We, Dave and Robyn, are church planters and we trust that God is pleased with our obedience, but sometimes disappointed in our approach. We find ourselves at times simply trying to push through the waves with through our own hard effort, often rowing into the wind. But the work of ministry is overflow, not overwork. Scripture is clear that when we have Jesus we also have His power source, the Holy Spirit. His power is available, we just so often fail to tap into it! And as the verse at the beginning of this post tells us, we will accomplish bigger and better things when we rely first and foremost on the Holy Spirit, and let Him direct our path, rather than simply working harder and harder and harder.

So today, we encourage you (and we are speaking to ourselves as well!) to tap into the Holy Spirit’s power source and begin to be amazed at what you can accomplish when you work from His overflow rather than your overwork.

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina

4/22/2016

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