I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13 NIV
Despite global strides made in prevention and treatment, tuberculosis (TB) remains an acute and enduring problem for Indigenous people in Canada. TB affects Indigenous communities at significantly higher rates than the general Canadian population, for whom it is a disease of the past. The bacterial infection that causes TB is widely associated with the conditions of poverty, including overcrowding, smoke inhalation, weak social support systems, and a lack of nutritious food. The Federal Government announced in 2018 that Canada will eliminate TB by 2030.
It has been said that the three best words in the world are, “I love you.” Do you know that the best four words are, particularly when they come from someone you know who does love you? Those four words are, “You can do this.” We love those in our lives who come alongside us to encourage us. Those encouragers around us assure us we can, even when the world will often tell us we can’t. The Bible often encourages us – and the apostle Paul does this in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” This isn’t the power of positive thinking. This isn’t bucking up and determining, “I have within me what I need to be successful.” In fact, this is just the opposite. There are things that are impossible for us to accomplish. They are too difficult for us. But they aren’t too difficult for our Creator. When you are facing a difficult circumstance or project or activity, remember that you may not be able, but God is. Paul understood that he could tap into the power of the God who lived within him by the presence of the Holy Spirit. If you love Jesus, you can do all things through Him.
These have been words from the heart.