“One man telling another man where he can go, just don’t sit well with me. It sticks in my craw.”
That’s one of my favorite lines from the movie Open Range. The anger and righteous indignation from the characters moves me.
If I had a motto, it would be, “You can do all things through Christ who strengthen you.” I wish that we all had the willing spirit and freedom to at least try for greatness. Think what our homes, schools, and this country would be like if we created and encouraged an atmosphere of growth and expectation, if we commanded and demanded full potential efforts from everyone. Instead, too often we aren’t aiming high and missing, we are aiming low and hitting.
Michael Jordan once said, “The only difference between me and the last player at end of the bench is the distance between our ears.” In other words, Jordan thought he could. Unfortunately, the person who believes that he can and the person who believes he cannot are both right.
There are many wonderful examples of this in the Bible. Some of you may recall the children of Israel sending out spies to check out the land God had promised them. When the spies returned, they gave contradicting reports.
“There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight,” one man said.
The other spy saw the same things but reported, “We are well able to possess the land.” Instead of believing the report and promises of the Lord, the children of Israel were forced to wander in the desert for 40 years. It is amazing to me how quickly we allow someone’s negative perception of us to become our reality.
Another example was David. His father sent him to check on his brothers. When David arrived on the scene, the men were hiding in foxholes, afraid of the giant Goliath. When David asked, “How long are you guys going to listen to this guy talk about our God like that?” They replied, “Who is going to go out and fight him?”
David informed them that he would, and the rest is history.
We need a different mindset, one not rooted in and of ourselves, but one rooted in the fact that God created us for a purpose and has our back as we strive to fulfill that purpose.
If you will just pray, I can assure you that you will come to the conclusion, that in the end it really is the journey not the destination that matter most. It is those little lessons of victory and hope that builds a strong foundation of faith.
When faced with fighting the giant Goliath, David said, “I was tending the sheep and they were attacked by a bear and a lion. If God can delivered me from them, then He will deliver me from you.”
Don’t allow anyone perception of your limits to be your reality, not even your own. If God said it, then that settles it. You are beautiful and capable of great things.
When my son was younger, he was required to say a bible verse each day as he got out of the car for school.
“I can do all things across the street in Jesus’ name,” he would say.
We eventually corrected him, but you know my son was right. Whether it is across the street or across the world, “We can do all things in Jesus’ name.”