You did not have the training, the experience, the knowledge, the physical strength, the health or the intelligence required to accomplish your goal.
The result? You gave up before you began.
Without the proper tools, you’d be incapable of accomplishing your dream.
Christians refer to the “Triune God,” the “Trinity,” the “Three-in-One God” of Christianity: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit.
The first two examples, Father and Son, are understandable in our limited minds. But the third form of God, the Holy Spirit, is beyond our ability to fully understand.
Although the three are all present when the other two are mentioned, the Holy Spirit, the “Enabler,” is — like God — not visible.
It is he who carries out or empowers the work to be done. When God wants to accomplish his work through us, it is the Holy Spirit who enables us to succeed. The Spirit is the teacher when God wants us to learn about him.
When there is a difficult act to be done, God calls upon his spirit to accomplish it.
It is the power of the spirit that gives us that strength, that patience, that endurance, that love and compassion to accomplish the task he has laid out for us to do.
The Holy Spirit does not make us do God. He empowers and enables us to do those God-pleasing things. He is the Enabler of God, and we benefit from his power, his wisdom and his understanding every time we ask for it.
• Jim Bush, a chaplain, lives in Tracy. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.