I think I have said the words "Yes you can!" more times than I can count. Maybe it's because I have a knack to see the hidden potential buried in people. Maybe it's because most people don't believe in themselves. Maybe it's because our performance oriented culture keeps people locked in a dungeon of fear, so they just never even try to experience their dreams.
Whatever the reasons may be, nothing excites me more than when people begin to tap into the God-potential that they posses, or a better way to say it is, that posses them!
One thing I have noticed is that we tend to become most like the people we hang around with. Therefore, if I spend alot of time with people who are negative, never take risks, or don't believe in themselves, I will soon begin to think just like them.
This isn't to say that you cut yourself off from every person who has the Eeyore syndrome, but it does mean that you need to manage how much of your time and energy you invest in them if you want to live your life to the full.
If you spend time with people who think big and positive, and see God-possibilities all around them, guess what? You got it, you will also start to think positively, big, and begin to see the limitless potentialities that surround you each and every day!
There is a story called the Golden Eagle that speaks to this:
A man found an eagle's egg and put it in the nest of a backyard hen. The eagle hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them.
All his life the eagle did what the backyard chickens did, thinking he was a backyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.
Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird far above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.
The old eagle looked up in awe. "Who's that?" he asked.
"That's the eagle, the king of the birds," said his neighbor. "He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth-we're chickens."
So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that's what he thought he was.
That is so sad to me. We have one go around at this thing called life, and to have wasted all of our potential, and in fact, to have never entered into the gifts, talents and abilities that God created you with, is wasting the beautiful gift of life that God has given us.
Maybe you need a nudge today. Here it is, you are an incredible person, created by God to do amazing things! You are a son or a daughter of the king. You are royal.You can do it!
Here is an important life changing truth: If you have said yes to following Christ, you have all the power that created the universe dwelling within you! That kind of power is limitless, powerful, dynamic and has the potential to move mountains.
One of my all time most favorite (and for those who know me, most quoted verses) is Philippians 4:13 which says: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!"
That is not an egotistical belief because it is not about me, but about the incredible God who made me, and loves me. He is infinite, sovereign, merciful, loving, powerful, beautiful…
So maybe you are looking at a project, a possibility, or a problem right now and your reaction to the circumstance is, "I can't do it."
Let me lovingly yet and powerfully remind you…Yes You Can!
Here are some things to consider to help you develop a different way of thinking and looking at the circumstances of your life:
1. Ask yourself about the the friends you spend the largest amount of time with. Are they negative or positive. Are they healthy and encouraging you, or are they drawing energy out of you. You need to have balance with the friends in your life. You should have friends who you pour truth, love and energy towards, as well as have friends who pour into you. If all of your friends tend to be more on the "taker" side of things, it is definitely time to hang with some people who will "give" you some positive encouragement!
2. Ask yourself if you believe that God is more powerful than your circumstances.What you believe about God will affect how you see things including yourself. A healthy view and understanding of God will help you develop a healthy view of yourself and vice-versa.If you don't go to church, then it is time to go to a church that challenges, energizes, and grows you. I'd invite you to check out http://www.svaonline.org of course 🙂
3. Remind yourself that you are royalty, a son or daughter of the king. You an heir of all things. Would your circumstance be changeable by a king's kid? Well, that's who you are! Too many people have such a low estimate of themselves, that they don't believe they are worth God's attention. John 3:16 reminds us that God so loves all His creation, that He sent His Son on a rescue mission to pull you out of the despair, depression, struggles that life throws at us. Not only that, but He longs to spend eternity with you…come on, eternity is a long time to spend with someone you really don't like! God loves you, and chose you…now let Him be God in your life and experience His strength, power, and hope.
Step out this week…and as you begin to recognize the limiting belief's that are buried inside you, remind yourself that: Yes you can!