“I can’t”: The words every parent has heard come out of their speaking-age and older child. My six year old son, Jude says it to me on a consistent basis and has since a young age. As his momma, I want to quickly tell him not to utter those words again and fall into the negative “I can’t” mindset.
But if I looked into the mirror I would see the queen of “I can’t” reflecting back at me. Thoughts are constantly swimming through my head like: I am under qualified. I don’t have enough experience. I’m not good enough. I don’t know how. I’m going to fail. And in talking to others, I find out I am far from alone.
The thing is, human nature tells us we can’t. But God Almighty SHOWS us we can.
Moses parted the Red Sea to free the people of Israel. Noah built an ark that housed two of every animal, David defeated the giant Goliath with a slingshot and a stone. There are dozens of wonderful stories in the Bible with real people doing amazing things. You can do amazing things too, with God’s help!
God has a purpose and a calling for each and every one of our lives but the biggest thing keeping us away from fulfilling God’s plan is ourselves. We have so much self-doubt and not a lot of faith. Literally almost EVERY single person I have ever talked to about this has had some sort of insecurity at one time.
So let me ask you this, which is something I have to ask myself daily: If God (the creator of the universe and all living things) asked you to do something, don’t you think that He already knows you are capable? If God has confidence in us to do His work, then we need to have confidence in ourselves.
I don’t know what God has asked you to do. He has been asking me to do some CRAZY things lately, so I can only imagine what he’s put on your heart. But after I give myself a little pep talk and step out in faith, I realize that with God’s help I can do even more than what I imagined I could ever possibly do. So let me just remind you: If God has asked you to do it, He will see you through it.
Together, let’s defeat doubt. Let’s listen to the voice of God and not the voice of the enemy or the world around us. Let’s follow His direction and receive His beautiful plan and calling for our life. Let’s step out in FAITH and have the courage to dream big! Because we have a BIG God. This is the kind of culture we can reflect in our daily lives and pass on to our children.
What step is God asking you to take right now? Maybe it’s the biggest step of all – stepping out in faith and accepting His son, Jesus into your life. Maybe it’s giving up something that is preventing you from growing in that relationship with Him. Or maybe it’s taking that next step in that wonderful God-given destiny He has in store for you.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10.
Let me pray for you!
Father God, I am so thankful for the people you have put in my life who are reading this right now. I may not know exactly where they are at, Lord, but you do. Please pour down Your strength and courage and help us to defeat doubt. Help us have the strength to put our complete faith and trust in you and to take that next step you want us to in our life. Continue to define the gifts you have given us so we can fulfill your calling you have places on our lives. In Jesus’s name, Amen!