Words from the Heart for Sunday July 19th, 2020
We want you to be very strong, in keeping with his glorious power. We want you to be patient. We pray that you will never give up.
Colossians 1:11 (NIRV)
Never Give Up
Within Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec you will see the statue of a hockey player. The statue is called Never Give Up and is a memorial to Maurice “The Rocket” Richard. Richard played for 18 seasons for the Montreal Canadiens and was the first player in the National Hockey League to score 50 goals in 50 games. When he died in 2000 at the age of 78, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien remarked that he “defined and transcended the game of hockey.”
If there was every a quintessential children’s book, it is the Little Engine that Could. It tells the story of a little train engine that agrees to take on a task that seemed too great for even much larger engines – getting a train up and over a steep mountain. As it nears the top, the little engine repeats that phrase, over and over again, “I think I can, I think I can.” And as it tops the mountain, and starts the glorious trip down the other side, it pants “I thought I could, I thought I could.” It shouldn’t be surprising that that story was first told by a pastor in a 1906 sermon. It was based on Colossians 1:11: “We want you to be very strong, in keeping with his glorious power. We want you to be patient. We pray that you will never give up.” Paul’s desire for the Christians in Colosse was that they would never give up. But God knows in our own strength, there is much we can’t do. So he provides what we need in order to succeed in the Christian life. It is His glorious power that enables us to walk in victory and never give up.
These have been words from the heart.