The Impossible

God loves the impossible. It’s no real secret that He enjoys proving us wrong. Where we say, “It can’t be done,” He just says, “Pshhh, really?” Then a donkey speaks, a prophet beats a chariot on foot, locked shackles and doors pop open with a quick shake of the ground and that’s just a sampling. 

We tend to see our challenges as absolutes. If it hasn’t been done before, throw in the towel because it’s gonna stay that way. Too hard? Our minds travel to the area of sho-nuff and set up camp. 

When the impossible came to mind, it took me back to one of my favorite films, The Empire Strikes Back. 

Now, I have what you call an “obsession” with Star Wars. I can quote each backwards and forwards. My absolute favorite of all is Empire. Personally, I think that it is one of the most complete movies of all time. 

Anyways, when I thought about the impossible, my mind instantly went to Luke training with Yoda. You can see the clip here. Watch it really quick before reading further. 

Luke is balancing and moving stones when R2D2 interrupts the training with worried beeps and buzzes. Their X-Wing had finally slipped completely into the bog. Luke exclaims his dismay just like we would in that situation. How would he get back to his friends? Yoda reminds him of his training and Luke responds with everyone’s favorite line, “I’ll try.”

Isn’t that how it goes though? The impossible stares us in the face and we think maybe.  But what follows Luke’s doubt is my favorite line ever. I’ve used it so many times in so many situations. 

Do. Or do not. There is no try. 

Luke goes to war against his doubt and ultimately, his doubt is greater than his faith. Yoda gives him a long spill on the Force and Luke tells him that he asks the impossible while storming off to sulk. 

Here’s where we get into the lesson. Yoda moves the ship no prob. Luke rushes over exclaiming his disbelief and the little green man says the second best line, “That is why you fail.”

We fail simply because we look at things through the world’s eyes. That’s the standard that we have come to accept. That mountain is too high. The race is too long. But with God…

I know you’re probably thinking I’m gonna reference Philippians 4:13, which is very applicable in this situation, but no! This story runs hand-in-hand with Jesus and the disciples on the stormy sea. 

In Matthew 8:23-27, Jesus and His disciples are traveling across the Sea of Galilee, a storm hits, disciples freak out, Jesus wakes up and says shhh, the seas calm, the disciples freak out, Jesus says, “Where is your faith?”

So, where is your faith? Has your hope been dashed, thus wrecking your faith? Let me tell ya, no situation is too big or small for God to handle. Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37). You faith in His ability just has to outweigh your doubt. But that’s a lot harder than it sounds. 

Since we live, work, eat, sleep, and breathe in the world, we have to constantly be on our guard. We need to remind ourselves that each day is the day that God has made and we should rejoice and be glad! Lamentations 3:22-24 says that His mercies are new EVERY MORNING. That means every day we get the chance to set the tone with God. By doing that, we align ourselves with Him, therefore giving us the mind of Christ. And His mind is flawless, right? 

To go even further, if we have the mind of Christ we can push harder and trust that He is able to do exceedingly above whatever we ask or think. Therefore, nothing is impossible

Change your thinking. Get rid of what the world says and start filling up on what God says. That mountain will never be too big, nor will the race be too long. 

Y’all be safe out there. 

Duck Tape and Baling Wire


Growing up on the farm, we had a TON of quick fix remedies. None of these were ever intended to be long term, but we could make it work if we had to. 

We learned at an early age how to cut cardboard just right to fit a broken window (which was recently kicked out while wrestling or knocked out with a baseball). Or how to tarp a leaky roof while in the rain. But probably the greatest of all remedies were Duck Tape and baling wire. 

Baling wire could cinch up a busted fence or serve as a quick hose clamp on a tractor. Duck Tape could patch up dang near any rubber material and make it waterproof for a short amount of time (sometimes indefinite, depending on the amount used).

The Wildman would swear by this philosophy. He always had a roll or two of each in the truck because, “You never know when something would come up.” I recall seeing numerous swather teeth held on by a few strategically placed wires instead of the traditional nut and bolt assembly. Tractor seats and shades were patched here and there with the silver savior. 

Looking back on the last few blogs, I could tell a pattern. Unmasked and Broken dealt with our flaws. The Lord put it on my heart to write about mending the brokenness that was unmasked to tie the “series” together. 

You see, just like on the farm, we try to mend our lives with temporary fixes. For example, you might be dealing with anxiety or depression. You know you have these issues and something has to be done to fix it. So you busy out the Duck Tape and baling wire to mend your life. This works, for a time. A week goes by with no incident or problems and you’re “cured.” But the Deciever is not so easily swayed. 

By the Deciever, I mean the devil. He’s the little god of this world. All he wants to do is to ruin your life. That’s evident from John 10:10 (“The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy”) and 1 Peter 5:9 (“The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping.”). He’s got you thinking that your quick fix is the solution to all of your problems. But really, you’ve only prolonged your suffering. 

The only way to actually mend your life is to follow the second portion of those verses that previously served as warnings. John 10:10 follows up it’s warning with “but I’ve come to give you life, and life in abundance.” Life is offered to us by Jesus. LIFE! A whole, complete life! Without spot or blemish! No depression, anxiety, fear or anger. Just a complete life in Him!

But the devil has you fooled into thinking the Duck Tape and baling wire are enough, when truly…only God is enough. The devil even has you fooled into thinking that you’re the only one. The absolute, 100 percent, only person who has ever dealt with any type of negative feeling. But the verses following 1 Peter 5:9 deals with that too! 

“Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:10-11‬ ‭MSG

WE get the final say in our life through Christ! WE get to be mended and fixed through His grace and His blood that was shed on the cross. Why settle for a temporary fix, when a forever fix is right there? 

Now is it going to be all puppies and rainbows from there on out? Heck no it’s not! You have to keep working and striving to be a better Christian than you were the day before. You have to remember that God’s mercies are new every day (Lam. 3:22-23) and being His kid, you get access to those!

I want you to be mended and encouraged not merely taped and cinched up for a time. But the time for mending is now!

Y’all be safe out there.