Joni and Friends Blog
You Can Do All Things
I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. Once when I was speaking to a small group of teenagers with disabilities, a 14-year-old with cerebral palsy shifted in her wheelchair and said, “Joni, I’ve been quoting Philippians 4:13 for years, telling people that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. But lately it’s hit me that, well — I can’t. I can’t walk or run, I can’t drive. I don’t get that verse.” I grinned because I identified.
Like this teenager, there are plenty of activities in which I cannot participate. But Philippians 4:13 isn’t an against-all-odds guarantee that you can physically do everything you want. It’s a promise that you can do everything God asks you to with the help of Christ who gives you strength and power. And that’s a big promise for anybody affected disability. Find more encouragement for the tasks God has given you at joniandfriend.org.