The Only Cliché That Matters – Josh Sitoh

Philippians 4:13

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Probably the most cliché Christian scripture. I’m sure it has been the most quoted passage of scripture, second to “Jesus wept.” In 1 out of 5 Facebook profile bios, and probably on every good Christian’s Pinterest board. It is also used in response to every aspiration to finish 11 Krispy Kreme donuts. I’m sticking to 11, because a dozen would be too much.

The perfect opening for my take on the theme of Overcome.

Hello. Hi. Josh Sitoh here. I’m a LIFE Leadership College alumnus, and I also have the privilege of being on staff at LIFE. As I type these words, I pray Philippians 4:13 over you, so that you would find the strength to read this all the way and not close that tab.

But really. It’s my first blog. Ever.

I definitely do not have experience in writing for the online community. I have always been an academic writer. Journals, essays, research thesis, etc. The dry and drab. But what inspired me to write for The Exchange, was the fact that this isn’t just about the writing, but a conversation, and a conveying of heart that might be able to give that bit of encouragement and maybe a few laughs.

I’ve recently been challenged about what this scripture means to me. Living a full schedule, I often fall into the trap of managing my life in my own strength. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for adult responsibilities. Yet, there comes a moment when you realise that you’ve been trying it all on your own, which I think a lot of us can relate to. And that just leads to a downward spiral of hiding, trying, failing, and hiding again. It leads to self-doubt. From what I have seen in myself, it comes from living a life that isn’t strengthened by Christ. Because I’ve been doing things in my own strength, in my own ability, and trusting in myself when I should be trusting in God.

When I think about the word overcome, Philippians 4:13 comes to mind. What overcome means to me, is that no matter how overly cliché, how repetitive, how over-used; the fact is that everything I have done, everything I am doing, and everything I am about to do, will be possible because of the one who lives within me. I CAN really do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. The scary thing about overcoming is, God wants us to carry it out with our own hands. It’s one thing to have a miracle, it’s another to be the one to carry out the miracle. That boggles my mind, but it makes so much sense at the same time.

What is it going to take to realise that the only way to live an overcoming life, is to really allow God to take the reins? Because when He does, I find myself doing things that I would normally have no confidence, skill, or aptitude for. Like writing a blog. Or eating a dozen donuts. Or more importantly, having the boldness to admit that my life isn’t all that great, but trying anyways.

To overcome means to have a life that is empowered by Christ.

To overcome is to carry out the miracle. Because, to overcome might just be the biggest cliché ever, but it’s the only one that matters.

Josh Sitoh
Central Ops Manager

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