I believe that God has given each of us the time, volition, talents, and opportunities to do things that matter. No one dreams of treading water their entire life. But many do so anyway.
It’s easy to exchange our potential for the temporary relief that fear, comfort, and control bring us. We busy ourselves with the business of life and before we know it our lives are over. What have we built? Who have we loved? How well have we served? Were we faithful?
I read this book called Mindset awhile back that explained the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. I realized that while I valued growth, there were still parts of my thinking that were stuck. I had to push past those artificial boundaries and learn to see myself differently. If God wasn’t limiting me, why was I limiting myself?
Perhaps you’ve boxed yourself into a certain role, a certain identity, a certain pattern. And I just want to say that, yes, you can do those things, but you are capable of so much more.
What strikes me about The Biggest Loser is not the weight loss, it’s the identity loss. And I mean that in the most positive way. The people on that show have some sort of false belief about themselves which has enabled them to become dangerously overweight. In order to lose the weight and keep it off, they need to change how they see themselves.
It’s no different with us. We all have self-limiting beliefs which get played out in our daily lives. The effects aren’t always so obvious, but they’re there.
“I could never do that.”
“Oh, I’m not one of those people.”
“I’ve always been this way.”
Earlier this year I broke my phone and had to wait awhile for it to get repaired. The experience was really positive. I realized that others might benefit from a similar tech disconnect so I reached out to an app developer and we began working on Digital Detox Challenge.
I’d never made an app before. Doing so was not part of my plan. But life has a way of presenting opportunities to us, especially if we’re paying attention. So I went for it. And I’m proud of it. And I hope it helps others.
What opportunities are in front of you today? What will you do with them?
Before the excuses set in, a few more questions: Why not you? Why not now? Why not try? What could you lose if you do? What will you lose if you don’t?