“I knew I couldn’t do it!”, “Man, that was a dumb thing to do!”, “What was I thinking?” – these are probably things that we’ve all said to ourselves. Do you listen to those little voices in your head that tell you all of the things that you should of, would of, and could of done? Do negative thoughts keep you from reaching out and (as quoting, Star Trek), “going where no man hath gone before?”
What would you think if a child never matured beyond age two intellectually? We’d be heartbroken because we know that most children have the capability to grow in knowledge and wisdom far beyond those “terrible twos.” Could it be that we are our own greatest enemy? Instead of moving forward, we tend to “like it where we are,” and “stay put.” Those seeds of doubt that we will succeed, paralyze us from even trying.
So, instead of spending all of our time, “listening” as to why we can’t, we need to spend more time “talking” to ourselves about why we can! We should be that loud cheerleader, who bombards our thoughts with “I think I can, I think I can, I know I can! Go me!” We need to be able to say “I can,” as Paul said, “I can” when he said, “I can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Paul told the church at Colossae that “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God” (Colossians 4:12). The early church prayed for each other’s abilities and strength. Do you pray for others to succeed? Have you asked your church family to pray for you? We, as Christians are not alone – we’ve got the power of prayer and the promise of strength. Are you “tapping into” this power?
So, I guess this is one instance where we actually need to “listen” less to ourselves and “talk” more! You and God make a majority! You’ve got this – go for it! Simply blessed, Courtney