One day last Summer, the point where I turned for home was quickly approaching while jogging the bike path. However, on this particular day I decided to keep running straight past my turn. In fact, mentally I decided I was going to run twice as far today. That’s when it happened.
Immediately, my mind was inundated with thoughts. Things like, “You have to turn for home, you can’t do it!….”If you keep going, you’ll have to run twice as far than you normally do….”You hurt, there must be something wrong.” You get the idea. My body was telling me, don’t do it!
A wonderful lesson began to unfold. I kept running, straight, past my turning point for home. Farther away from my destination. And as I did, guess what happened? It wasn’t any more difficult than my normal routine. In fact, I felt twice as good when I ran down the homestretch and crossed the finish line at my driveway. When all was said and done, I’d ran TWICE as far as my normal routine. How is that possible?
This is what happened. When my body began to tell me I couldn’t, something greater began to tell me I could! Up until that turning point, I’d always listened to my body, but amazing transformations take place when we stop listening to ourselves, and start talking!
I’d like to report that I do respond that way everytime a similar scenario plays out, but sadly, I don’t. How about you?
What’s the impossible thing you’re facing right now? What self-limiting beliefs are holding you back?
Is it a lack of confidence? Finances? Family? An employer? What is it? Maybe it’s time to stop listening and start talking to yourself. It’s a silly illustration, but one you’ll remember- are you the little engine that can or the little engine that can’t?
The apostle Paul said it this way,”…work out your own salvation…for it is God who works in you…” —Philippians 2:12-13. It’s not our wills that give us a problem, it’s something smaller than that. How do I know? Because there is something far greater, working in us, namely God! As Christians, we want to do God’s will. We have the power in us, Paul says, we just have to work it out. God is already doing a perfect job working in you. Do your part, by using dynamite….that dynamite is obedience to his will.
Lets face it, our bodies lie to us! They have a mind of their own. They are like the animal who doesn’t want to work. They lie and connive. They cheat and rob us of all that God has for us. They prefer the path of least resistance. The only way to master them is to stop listening to them and start talking to them.
This isn’t a ‘no pain, no gain’ post. Instead it’s an invitation to tune into your greater self and tune out everything that’s telling you it can’t be done, whatever ‘it’ is for you right now. Chances are there is opposition because what you’re trying to do needs to be done and you’re the only one who can do it!
Just think, you were born at just the right time to be in the position to face the particular challenge you’re facing right now. So lean into it with faith and stop listening to the opposition. When you do, you may be surprised to find you’re capable of accomplishing twice as much as you think you can.