Using All Our Strength

In the book No Less Than Greatness by Mary Manin Morrissey, my book for May, the story is told of a boy and his father who were out walking when they came across a large stone. The boy said to his father, “Do you think if I use all my strength, I can move this rock?” His father answered, “If you use all your strength, I am sure you can do it.”

The boy began to push the rock. Exerting himself as much as he could, he pushed until sweat poured off his forehead, but the rock did not budge. Discouraged, the boy told his father, “You were wrong. I can’t do it.”

The father placed his arm around the boy’s shoulder and said, “No, son, I was not wrong. You didn’t use all your strength.

You didn’t ask me for help.”

What’s going on today? What rocks are we trying to move ourselves? We can, of course, keep struggling. God will not fight us for it, whatever it is. Sometimes it seems like we get Spirit involved as a last resort. But remember the children’s song (which really should be the adult’s song…) “oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer.”
That’s everything–health, wealth, relationships. Everything.

Click on the link below to listen to my talk from last Sunday on this subject.

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About revjerryt

I offer spiritual counseling around healing issues related to relationships (with our Higher Power, ourselves and family), coming out (regardless of sexual orientation), and other concerns. I am a Religious Science / New Thought Minister living in the San Diego area, and senior minister of Joyful Living Spiritual Center, meeting at the Days Hotel (543 Hotel Circle South, Mission Valley/San Diego) in the East Wing Meeting Room on the second floor. Learn more at Other services include weddings, holy unions, baby blessings, baptisms, and memorial services. Learn more about me, and my book, at I am also the founder of the LGBTQ Spiritual Summit, bringing members of the gay and lesbian community together with leaders of various religious denominations and spiritual traditions, in order to start the conversation about healing. Learn more at
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