Posted on | September 2, 2012 | No Comments
It’s not who you are that holds you back, its who you think you are not.
This message was posted in my Facebook wall today.
I just came home with my whole family from attending church, and were kind of high-spirited after a sumptuous meal from Jollibee. My children loves these moments, and we have come to make it as a family tradition to eat out after church. It not only gives us time to enjoy a meal outside of our dinning table, but it sets a culture of enjoying and being thankful and celebrate what God has given our family. I always make it a point to teach my children that being a believer sets us apart from others who are not in that, God’s provisions in this life must be given praise for. And that thanksgiving should always be offered back to the one who gives all things. That is how I think we are. That is how we have been taught growing up by our parents, though not all of us pass it on, and that is how I want my children to teach their children when they have their time. Today is my time to testify to the faithfulness of my God and to enjoy his love and mercy, and i will give the best that I could to make sure my children understand this truth and make it theirs to pass on.
Whether you succeed or fail, let it be said that you gave it your best. That you competed hard for what you believe is worth fighting for and worth passing to the next generation. We all have dreams. Sometimes those dreams are kept from us not because they are not meant to be, but rather because we go outside of what we are. We practice a culture that is not ours and in turn acting like someone else rather than who we are.
If we want to expect great things of ourselves, before we can do them, we must recognize that things will not happen for us outside of who are and what we are capable of doing. Remember that we have been given strengths to be put to use, not to mimic other people’s strength to get to where we want to be.
The same can be said of our spiritual pursuit. “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Philippians 4:13″
I believe this verse is meant to say something like this: I can achieve all things using the talents and strength that Christ has given me in accordance to His will. The phrase, ‘Christ strengthens me’ – means Christ gives me strength, or He gives me something that makes me strong or He gives me His strength. This strength that He gives is unique for each individual person. He doesn’t give you a particular strength only for you to discard it and mimic the strength of others, for they too has been given a measure of strength in accordance to his will.
Successful people think of who they are not of who they are not. Believe and trust in Him who has given you that something unique for you alone. Be at peace with that fact and things will be a lot different for you. You will be more forgiving of yourself, you will be forgiving of others’ mistakes. Your success will depend on who you are and what God has given you to achieve it.