You Are Greater Than You Think
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”-Ephesians 3:20
Have you ever caught yourself thinking, “But I could never do that?” I hear myself say that all the time. Sometimes it comes in the form of “I could never wear that” or “I wouldn’t know where to begin” or “I don’t think I can”. Those voices of self-doubt are very common. While it’s comforting to know I’m not the only one, I don’t want to live a life defined by “not”, “can’t”, “couldn’t” and “no”. I want to be braver, but it’s hard to know where to begin sometimes. That is why it is always best to go before God in prayer.
I spoke once at a Women’s conference. God had set that opportunity up for me to try. I prayed and asked God for boldness and opportunity months ago. “Do you know how much I dislike public speaking?” Funny thing is I have always wanted to be a speaker. God calls us to do the things that are uncomfortable. Saying “yes” is an act of obedience even if you don’t have the words to say. Stop making excuses is God is telling you to move. Be willing to leave the familiar and the comforts in life. You have to leave those things behind to get God’s best for you. The faith God has given you requires you to leave and move into something you don’t understand. Now I am singing with the worship team at church. I have never had the confidence to sing and God knows I am not the next American Idol but, I know God loves my worship to Him and in the process He is getting me over my stage fright.
When the day came to speak at the women’s conference, I was nervous but not as nervous as I expected to be. The most surprising part of the whole experience was how much I genuinely enjoyed it. I took a leap, and it worked out just fine. God took me to a place so that His spirit could flow through me so others could experience what I experience and He wants to do that with you. Look at Peter. God called Him to come. No matter what you are doing when Jesus tells you to come you will conquer whatever it is He puts before you. Even if it doesn’t make sense to go when He calls. Know that God is taking you through a process to prepare you for greater things. He will prepare the time, the place, and the people. God wants to birth something in you, He will not make you look like a fool. Trust Him to do through you what He has already planned and act in obedience to Him. The reality is that You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. You are greater than You think!
Each of us has the power to change the story we tell about ourselves. I know I am happier where I am now than where I used to be in the past. God is growing you and Growth is a sign of life. Change, as much as I resist is not only good, it’s vital. I must change if I want to grow, and so must you.
Are there decisions that you are making right now that are reflexes rather than choices? This is a great time of year to try something new. This Autumn, don’t just fall…leap! Again I say, You are Greater than You think!