When I was little, I had dreams of being in the olympics, you should’ve seen my landing, arch back, and bow to the judges. My Dad even took the swings off of our swing set so I could practice. In that gymnastics gym, I learned two life lessons from not being allowed to say the word “can’t,” and from falling off the high beam.
So you can, maybe just not yet. I don’t remember hearing myself ever say the word “can’t,” until I was in my mid-twenties . . .
I heard myself, and was shocked, I was lying! And I had to make some changes from my thoughts to my words.
Because I can, and you can, do anything. Even if you believe you can’t, I’m happy to tell you, you’re wrong.
“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13
“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” – Matthew 19:26
I implore you to listen to your words, thoughts, and beliefs. And for at least one week, don’t use the word “can’t,” and notice how many times, you almost said it. Be careful to not hide behind, “I don’t know,” “maybe if, I was/had,” and all the other excuses and tricks we use to keep us from growth.
“I freed a thousand slaves, I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” – Harriet Tubman
What words or beliefs have you become slave to?
“Never wound a snake; kill it.”
Remove the limitations that are self-imposed, and the limitations you’ve accepted/allowed. Accept, another belief instead, it’s possible. And sometimes we fail, and that doesn’t mean it isn’t still possible.
When I fell off the high beam, I had failed in an attempt to do something. There seems to be a misconception that the word fail means end, it doesn’t.
I looked to my Dad, he was standing, I don’t if he stood up when I fell or if he had been standing, he’s not the dramatic type, so I’m going to go with the latter. I looked over for some sympathy, for him to come get me perhaps, allow me to cry, but since I was able to look over, I’m sure he realized, she’s not that hurt. Lol! And he just simple nodded his head upward, motioning me to get back on the high beam. And I did, class continued on, and so did I. I’m thankful he didn’t let me quit or give in and lick my wounds, because my pride was hurt from not having a successful landing. Instead I tried again, and when you can’t say, can’t, there are two options. Try again or chose to say in wisdom (not from fear, frustration, impatience, or lack of effort), I won’t or I’m done, and move onto something better.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Proverbs 18:21
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24
“This is My command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
“You keep him perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You.” – Isaiah 26:3
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slow us down, especially that sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.” – Hebrews 12:1
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” – Philippians 4:8
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7