Jesus said to them, "You give them something to eat." (Luke 9:13 NRSV)

I am sure the disciples of Jesus thought he was in over his head that day when he set out to feed a multitude of 5,000 men and perhaps a greater number of women and children with only five loaves of bread and two fish. The disciples surely said to themselves, it can't be done!

It's like something Charles F. Kettering once said when he was Research Head of General Motors. When he wanted a problem solved, Kettering would call together his staff. However, he would first place a table outside the room where they would be meeting with a sign that read like this: "Leave [your] slide rules here." If he didn't do that, he says, he'd find someone reaching for his slide rule in the middle of the meeting. In a few minutes, this person would be on his feet saying, "Boss, you can't do it."

Isn't that true no matter what we try to accomplish in life? There is always someone saying, "You can't do it." "You can't lose that weight. You can't get that job. You can't make that marriage work. You can't really change." And because we listen to people who say it can't be done, we give up before victory is ours.

God of peace, help me to see the victory in Jesus Christ. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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