When I taught both Algebra I and Calculus, my Algebra students would often see the Calculus work on the board and be completely overwhelmed. I would encourage them that eventually they would get there but for now I needed them to focus on the math at hand. Similarly, my Calc students would see Algebra problems on the board and long to go back to learning Algebra concepts. I would remind them of how Algebra seemed hard at the time but is now easy for them. Eventually Calculus will seem easy as well.
God has made you sufficient for whatever He has called you to do today. It may seem scary; it may seem hard but He has equipped you with what you need to face today’s assignment. And when you get to tomorrow’s assignment, you will be equipped and sufficient for that as well.
When I look back at the struggles I have had over the years, times when I didn’t think I would make it, times when I wanted to quit, times when I didn’t think I would ever see the light of day, my ‘Algebra Days’, I can see how God was there, teaching me, equipping me. I didn’t realize it at the time but He had made me sufficient for that day. I treasure the lessons learned during those times and I am applying those lessons to my now Calculus Days.
No matter where you find yourself today in your spiritual walk, God has made you sufficient for today’s assignment. Learn from yesterday’s Algebra; don’t be intimidated about tomorrow’s Calculus. Go out with confidence; not in your math skills but Christ’s math skills in you! You have been made sufficient. You are equipped. Come on, let’s go do this! In Him, we are sufficient.
“Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
2 Corinthians 3:4-6 NIV
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