If you are not from the South, the title of this blog needs to be translated. “I used to could “means that there are things that I was once capable of doing that I no longer have the capacity to do. See how much simpler things in the South can be? With that clarification let me begin.
Get up from a couch without making noises
Run up and down a basketball court for hours
Have long passionate discussions without caring if I were getting through or not.
My list could go on of things that are in my past and I am sure that you have your own list of “used to coulds”. The point I want to make is that there is a principle in our Christianity that works in diametric opposition to this concept. The more time we spend with the Lord the more that we realize what we can do. As we pour into Scripture, it pours into us wisdom, joy, peace, love. As we invite the Holy Spirit into our moments, we find new direction, power and discernment. When we make time to pray, we are ushered into a place that is so holy and perfect that we are never the same when we come out. Spending time in Christian fellowship gives us affirmation and encouragement that we desperately need.
I have many “used to coulds” in my life, but in my walk with God I only find that which is still possible. I don’t know about anyone else, but that excites me greatly. Because of this I try not to look back but instead to move forward in the things God has called me to do. Paul says it this way in Philippians 3, “Forgetting what is behind and straining forward to what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”