One of my little verse-a-day desk calendars I have around the house has a passage from Colossians 1 today, in the Message translation (my very favorite version of the Bible). I pulled up the whole chapter on Biblegateway to read it in context, and the passage below caught my attention. I realized, How often do I try to push through all the physical and mental challenges that my imperfect body creates for me, on my own, forgetting that God has all the strength and grace I need to get through it? What a relief and a good reminder that I don't have to do it on my own:
(Paul is writing to the believers of Colosse:) "We pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us."