As soon as Charlotte begins to move toward a particular object, we begin cheering for her. She sets her eyes on something that she wants and slowly begins to head in that direction. All the while, Jenna, the girls, and I are offering our best encouragement.
We say, "You can do it Charlotte!". "Just a little bit further Charlotte". "You got this Charlotte!".
We offer her these words and support, doing our best to help move her forward in her development to eventually do something that will be second nature to her.
This certainly won't be the last time that we encourage Charlotte or cheer for her.
There will be bicycles. There will be ballet. There will be boys.
We do our best to offer real encouragement and to offer real support to people, knowing that there are times when life gets really tough.
There are these moments when we feel like giving up on our goals.
There are these moments when we question our purpose.
There are these moments when wonder if things will change, if we are good enough, and if this is all that there is.
But, there is another aspect to all of this.
There is a moment when most of us discover on some level that our best is not always good enough.
We find ourselves in a situation or circumstance where our will-power comes up powerless.
The habits are harder to break. The addiction is stronger than we had estimated. The thing we want to do, we don't do. The thing we don't want to do, we end up doing.
From the time most of us are babies, we have been taught and told that we can do anything that we set out to do.
The skies the limit.
Reach for the stars.
You got this!
But, there's a day when most of us face a sobering reality that in spite of my very best effort, I am not able to save, reconcile, or redeem myself.
This coming Sunday, I will be giving a talk entitled "Jesus Is Greater Than My Best Effort."
My prayer is that no matter how successful you are or how discouraged you may feel, that you would come to know the freedom that awaits you as you recognize the greatness and grandness of Jesus.
I hope that you can join us this coming Sunday at Park Slope Community Church.