Rise and Think I Can

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Scripture: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13  (NKJV)  

Affirm: I meet every situation from the mindset that I can.  


Dear Prosperity Partners and Friends,  

As I write these words, I am thinking, “I know YOU can! I know I can! I know  WE can!” It’s true. We can do what is ours to do and we can know what we are to  know. Why? Because God within us empowers us to do the impossible and to  believe the incredible. 

Last Sunday, we spoke to our inner child as we remembered the story of The Little  Engine that Could. Because the Little Engine believed that it could, it was able to  get toys and food to people living in the mountain village. This Little Engine had  never been up the mountain neither had it been to the mountain village. Yet, it  dared to believe “I Can’ in the face of its history. Its success, therefore, can be  attributed to its willingness to simply believe in its own ability and to act on it. 

How often have we said that we believe a thing is possible for us, but we never act  on that thing? It’s time to banish fear in all its form, believe in our greater good by  taking positive action. 

Whether you study the story of The Little Engine that Could, or the biblical story  of David and Goliath, there is a reminder that success goes to the most unlikely  candidates when they dare to think ‘I CAN’ instead of ‘I CAN’T.’ 

Here are the Major Points that were shared: 

  1. The story of The Little Engine that Could, reminds us that we already  have what it takes to rise above the obstacles that confront us. ‘It’s already within you.’ You are divinely designed to do what is yours to do.  Don’t shrink back, but step forward. Your life is calling. Life called the luxury  train and the freight train, but they weren’t available. It was the little engine that  said, ‘Yes, I’m available.’ Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster  man, but soon or late the [one] who wins is the [one] WHO THINKS HE CAN!”  Walter D. Wintle 
  2. It is always our choice to ‘rise’ out of despair, disappointment, and  disgust and think ‘I CAN’ even when the suggestion is that we cannot.  In the end, what matters is what you think about your life and its  possibilities and not what others think.  

How much time do you spend thinking about what others think of you? While we  can certainly be interested in how others receive us, we must not let it consume our  lives. It is our decision to be who we wish to be at any given moment. We can  change. We can improve. We can upgrade our lives. We can throw out what is not  working for us. It’s up to you, not others to decide the footprint that you wish to  leave on the hearts of others, your work, your community and family, and the  world. Once you decide, get to work. Don’t let the thoughts of others derail your  good intentions. 

Take a moment right now and think about what is possible for you. Do you believe  you can finish the year ‘strong’, even if it doesn’t seem that you can? It all believes  with you. Take control of your thinking so that it works for you and not against 

I am knowing with you that you ‘Can’ because God loves you. Even when ‘bad  things happen’ (as we often label them), there is God’s goodness forever in our  midst. Yes, there may be changes we must make but God’s love for us never fails.  Let’s lean into that Love and pray that it lifts us beyond appearances and into the  unchanging Truth that is sure to set us free. 

Ponder this: ‘A lot of times people look at the negative side of what they feel they  can’t do. I always look on the positive side of what I can do.’ Chuck Norris 


Let’s Pray: God, Your goodness endures forever. Today, we pray for eyes to see  the good that abides in every situation. In faith, we continue to think higher, act  courageously and love wastefully. This we do in Your name and by Your  authority. Amen.  

Here’s the link to Sunday’s Service if you missed the lesson or wish to watch it once more:

Rise and Think I Can

Rev. Dr. Sheila McKeithen

Rev. Dr. Sheila McKeithen

Rev. Sheila is the Senior Minster of the Universal Centre of Truth for Better Living (UC Truth) and the President of The Universal Foundation for Better Living (UFBL).

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