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I want to give you a silly illustration of one way this can work. When I was a teenager and just starting to enjoy coffee, I liked to take a cup of coffee with me wherever I went. Of course, those of you who’ve seen me play softball are well aware that I have trouble walking and talking at the same time. So, it’s no wonder that I was bad at spilling coffee. My Dad had a trick for drinking coffee from an open cup while he was driving or riding in a car without spilling it. When I asked him how he did it, this is what he explained to me. He told me to hold the cup out where I couldn’t see it. He told me to quit looking at it and to let my arm relax. He said that the brain has a built-in gyroscope that would correct for the movement of the car or, when I’m walking (if I’m not rushing) and would constantly adjust the position of the cup to keep from spilling.

For me, his secret works better than those plastic tops to “to go” cups that scald the tip of my tongue and make the coffee taste bad and it works better than all the times I’ve spilled with supposed “spill-proof” cups. It doesn’t work quite as well with all the potholes in Chicago, but that’s a different issue. Anyway, in order for this to work, I have to trust the inner workings of my brain and body connection.

In many ways, this is what happens when we let God’s Power flow through us. We trust the Holy Spirit to illuminate the direction we’re going and the objectives we need to reach. We trust the Holy Spirit to both prepare us and empower us for living life according to God’s purposes. We need to learn to depend upon God instead of ourselves.

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