In a popular children’s book, Winnie the Pooh watches Kanga bound away. I wish I could jump like that, he thinks. Some can and some can’t. That’s how it is.

We see more able men and women doing extraordinary things that we cannot do. They can; we can’t. That’s how it is. It’s easy to feel useless when we can’t do the things we see others doing with apparent ease.

It’s true that we may not be able to ‘jump’ like them, but we can love and we can pray. These are the works that God allows all of us to do well.

Love is the very best gift we have to give to God and to others. It is no small matter, for love is the means by which we fulfil our whole duty to God and our neighbour. Our love for one person may seem to be a small action, but love is the greatest gift of all (1 Cor. 13:13).

And we can pray. Paul encouraged the Colossians to “continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” (Col. 4:2). Our prayers are a powerful force in the universe!

Love and prayer are mighty works indeed; the mightiest works for any of us. Why? Because our God, who wants to use us, is an all-loving and all-powerful God.

God gives us His love so that we can share it with others.


David H. Roper


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