You can DO it!



Sean Garner

“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13

If there ever was a “staff T-shirt” for those who attempt to coordinate something like the 30 Hour Famine, this phrase—“You can DO it!”—would be on it. And, with the national Famine date coming up on April 25-26, some of us need some solid scripture to pull us through!

Hands up, you’re surrounded.

“Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

The 30 Hour Famine is truly a place where everyone has “been there, done that”. Many groups have already completed the famine earlier this year, while others will be doing their 30 Hour Famine long after you are done. You’re not alone—you’re surrounded! Trust that God is doing great things across the nation; so He’s sure to do great things with your particular group.

Think: How can knowing that others are doing the Famine too help reduce my feelings that it’s ALL up to ME?

Keep your eyes up!

“We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete” Hebrews 12:2 (CEV)

News flash: a lot of things are gonna go wrong at your Famine. It always happens, it always will, it always shall be (notice how we got a little scripture-sounding there?). We’ve all made (or are just getting ready to make) some mistakes—and the Famine will continue on just fine with all our failings!

Success, when you get a bunch of sin-filled people trying to do God-sized things, is completely dependent on you (as the leader or coordinator) keeping your eyes on Jesus and helping others to do the same. Take moments to re-direct the energy in the room toward Jesus: you will be shocked at how small your failures will look and how grand God’s victories will seem when you’re looking for Him.

Think: What great things am I am going to see (or I have already seen) Jesus do through the Famine?

Get out of the way.

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

God can do great things THROUGH you when you move out of the way. He has fabulous desires for your Famine that are released when you let HIM do the work (and it’s not just financial goals). Somehow, God called you into hosting the 30 Hour Famine (or for some of us, “tricked you”). Now let Him finish the work during the Famine itself.

Think: How can trusting in God’s calling and love help me release the Famine into His care?

 I can do SOME things by myself.

We can always do much more with a team of dedicated volunteers and participants.

But you can only do ALL things through Christ who gives you strength. So let Him strengthen you for the adventure that lies ahead at your 30 Hour Famine!