Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Impossible

When was the last time you tried the impossible or, at least, something improbable? Sometimes, the most timid of society are Christians. By timid I mean either we want God to paint a totally foolproof (and fail-proof) picture of what we are to do or else we don't want to attempt anything where we might fail and be embarrassed or feel we have wasted our efforts. In other words, are we people who only attempt what we know will be a piece of cake?


There are three fears we need to face here. One is the fear of failure. The people who really live, who really taste life, who live abundantly, are risk takers. "Play-it-safers" get very puny rewards. God promises big ones. Which brings us to the second fear. We fear God will not deliver on the dreams he places in us. In this case, our faith is not in God, only in ourselves. Without God, I am puny. The last fear is a fear that our results will not be instantaneous. Real life takes an investment, mostly a long-term investment. We falsely believe, when we see people soar, that it was easy and that these people put little effort in. What we don't see are the 100,000 free throws practiced, the 19 years of education, the 5 years of apprenticeship, or the 3 years of savings.


I pray you will live a large life today (and tomorrow.) I pray you will risk because without risk there is no gain or life. I pray you become a persistent and glorious person in your "failures." I pray you will dream big with God today.


God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.  Ephesians 3:20 (Message)

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