Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Power and Potential of 'IF'

What holds us back from being everything we want to be?

Circumstances can play a big part. We often feel as though, if we had more money, we could accomplish our goals. If we had a better job, we could have a higher rank and, thereby, get further in life. If we hadn't made all of those poor choices up until now, if we hadn't gone through a messy divorce, if we hadn't filed bankruptcy, if we hadn't had an affair, if someone else hadn't betrayed us.

................IF....................

When you look at it, it's a little tiny word that we're giving an incredible amount of power, isn't it? We allow it to thwart our potential in so many ways when, in essence, it could be filled with belief and faith and trust in a new beginning, a new tomorrow.

IF we have the ambition, we can accomplish our goals.
IF we have faith in God, He will see us through any circumstance.
IF we put time and energy into a project, it can succeed. 

Here's a great exercise. Change your excuses into excitement. On a sheet of paper, list all the ways that you're using the word IF to thwart your potential. However long it takes, or however lengthy the list ends up being, write out each and every item or goal in your life that you're holding back on because of your fears or your failures. Then, cross each one of them off and write a new, optimistic statement based on faith and positive thinking. For instance:

If I hadn't quit my job, I wouldn't have to worry about my finances right now.
[I'll cross out that statement and write this:]
If I seek God first, He will provide for all of my needs.

But don't just take my word for it! The bible is filled with His promises, promises on which we can build positive IF statements that reflect our own Journey:

John 15:7 -- IF you remain in Me, and My words in you, ask whatever you wish and it may be done for you.
2 Corinthians 5:7 -- IF anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come! The old is gone; the new is here!
John 14:14 -- IF you ask anything in My Name, I will do it.
Jeremiah 29:13 -- IF you look wholeheartedly for Me, you will find Me.

Those are some pretty powerful IFs, wouldn't you agree? Life-changing, goal-changing IFs.

Don't let your fears stand in the way of becoming who you were meant to be. The potential that God has placed inside of us is so great, and each one of us has a purpose on this planet. We psych ourselves out and we ignore that gut feeling we have most of the time, and we have to stop doing that. We have to listen to our hearts and do what we're being called to do. Sure, it can be scary. Sure, there's always the chance that we're going to fail. But do you want to live in fear or do you want to do something incredible with your life?

Sometimes changing your mind can be as simple as changing your mind.

Stephanie Jean

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