It’s very easy.
To direct our focus to and set our hearts on –
The challenges. Limitations. Weaknesses. Disabilities. Call it whatever you will, whatever makes you feel better… they are synonyms to me.
Argue my lexical correctness but I’m certain you’d agree with me that we all use these words for the same purpose – as an excuse to walk away from being the person God visualizes in His mind, and from doing that wonderful thing God’s asking us to do with our lives.
You are not alone.
Moses stuttered. Gideon was timid. Jeremiah was but a youth. You’re broke. You have an obvious record of failure.
Fill in the gap.
We present these things before God as if He’s intimidated by them. We set our heart upon them so strongly that they strip our inundated minds of energy.
Life has challenges; it’s no news that one bad day can be sandwiched between two good ones. You’ve watched people laugh, or cringe when you’re about talking because you stutter. You have a bad leg or you’ve been abused. You discover a besetting weakness in your life. Your mum is late and your dad cannot afford to financially sponsor your dreams.
I understand that’s how life happens.
You are not alone.
I dare to say that the mere presence of challenges is not what causes fear and prevents people from living on purpose; it is taking those challenges to heart that makes you afraid and discouraged. Giving it much thought makes you lose confidence and settle for mediocrity.
You mull it over, because you see it every day. You cannot see any light ahead because the bleak facts of life have clouded your vision.
David – one of my Biblical heroes – faced something similar. Before he spliced Goliath’s head, he did not think so much about the man’s military prowess or the “what ifs” of losing the fight to a seasoned warrior. He only thought about his God’s ability to win battles with unlikely shepherds. The deadly chase by Saul did not do so much to discourage him. He trusted God and enquired from him as he ran from his former master.
when he came to Ashish and he started hearing things, “David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath.” 1Samual 21:12
See, he did not just think about those things – he laid up these words in his heart and they blocked out the light. Pronto – fear come up!
Laying your challenges at heart boils worry to the point where the steam of inadequacy overwhelms your weary soul. Little wonder the Bible says, “keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8
So let’s take it again.
Challenges are everywhere. Weaknesses, limitations, negative circumstances.
Just ignore them. And refocus!
Yes, ignore the fact that you do not have what it takes to beat that goliath. Turn your thoughts to the fact that “Abba” can.
And with His strength, you can do ALL things!
I stutter. I am timid. I am 24. And there are challenges before me I cannot yet speak of. But all these things do not matter, because God will show up. I will set my heart on God’s promise, and will live one day at a time on purpose.
Go take that test. Set that personal goal. Enroll for that course. Talk to that colleague. Embark on that project. Fix that wedding date. Sell that house and pack up for that mission field.
You will not figure out the details, but when you do set your heart on God, He will not fail – He’s inside of you, anyway!
God is our present help in trouble, says the Psalmist. I guess application of this scripture means that there has to be in trouble first, right? LOL!
Believe your God, think happy thoughts, step on water and do great things!
Happy new week!