More thoughts from Tessa:

 

Verses are often misinterpreted, even popular ones you might see in your day to day life. A verse that comes to mind is Philippians 4:13.

  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

  This is often seen pertaining to sports. People assume that it means they can accomplish all things through Christ, that they are more likely to win because they have God on their side. I used to be one of these people. I would be at basketball practice running my 15th lap around the gym repeating this verse to myself thinking God was the one who was keeping me going. It did keep me going thinking that to myself, knowing I had five laps left and I had God strengthening me to finish. While it is great people lean on God and this verse to push through physically or to have hope that they might win a game. This was not the meaning Paul intended on for this verse. The reason this verse got mixed up with another meaning is because it was plucked out of the bible and is hardly ever read with the verses that came before or after it.

 “…I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11–13)

  Paul wasn’t referring to accomplishing anything he was referring to contentment.  Paul is explaining he learned to be content in his ups and downs. Since he learned the sufficiency of Christ, he also learned to be more content in his highs and lows. When you read Philippians 4:13 don’t see it as how God can help you in your situation but more as how you can be content in any situation you are in because God is with you. Don’t feel as though you have lost your motivation or hope for things because the meaning of this verse changed. We should never have less motivation because of whatever we are doing is scary. Our motivation shouldn’t come from what we think we will get from our achievements, but in what we know Christ has already achieved for us.