If Only

I have heard people say, “If only I was taller, I would be a professional basketball player. If only I was smarter, I might win a Pulitizer Prize or be an inventor. If only I was the Apostle Paul, I would do miracles just like he did.” If only, if only, if only. Nothing but excuses for not doing all that you can with what you have. The bible tells us, we were created lacking nothing. That means we have everything we need to be a spiritual giant, super intelligent, and a person of faith. If we have all those things working for us, why do we not become those things? Do you want an honest answer? You! You prevent yourself from becoming everything you desire. First of all, you aren’t lacking anything. You have more than enough to accomplish anything you want to in this life. The reason you don’t is because you are an excuse maker instead of a doer.

There is a familiar story in scripture where Jesus fed five thousand people with nothing but a couple of fish and a few loaves of bread. The story tells us, Jesus had told His disciples to feed the crowd, but His disciples said they couldn’t because they didn’t have enough food to feed them. Ok, what was their problem? They were looking at what they lacked, instead of who was with them.

There is another story in scripture in the Gospel of John where Jesus went into a place full of sick people and healed a man who had been bed fast for thirty-eight years. He asked the man if he wanted to be made well. The man replied he had no one to help him. This man looked at the help he was lacking, instead of the one who was there to help him. Jesus said to the man, “Do you really want to be made well? If you do, ‘get up’ and take your bed with you when you leave.” (My paraphrase)

The man had to make a choice. Did he want to ‘get up’ and leave this place he was familiar with,  or did he want to remain right where he was. Jesus had given the man the power to choose his destiny. From that point on it was up to the man to decide what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. That devil that had bound him in a paralyzed state could no longer hold him if he didn’t want it to. All the paralyzed man had to do was to make a choice to ‘get up’ from that bed and he was a free man. Well to make a long story short, the man chose to ‘get up’ from his bed of affliction and he carried that bed home with him smiling all the way.

You, too, can ‘get up’ and do something about your situation if you want to. If you don’t want to, you will stay right where you are; too small to be a professional basketball player, too dumb to win a Pulitzer prize and too full of doubt to be another Apostle Paul. It is not who you are that is important. It’s who is telling you – you can be whatever you want to be. Do something about your problem. Kick the devil out of your bed. Take charge of your life. It’s your right as a child of God. Stop looking at what you don’t have and start looking at the one who is with you. DThrash


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