From I Can’t to What If

Have you ever said, “I can’t” to doing something?  Of course, we all have.  What caused you to say, “I can’t”?  Was the reason legitimate or did you say it out of fear?  I know that I have done both.  You see there are times when you really cannot do something.  For example, I know that right now today I cannot bench press 500lbs.  There is no fear or concern there it is simply a fact.  However, when Renee and I first felt called to start Go MAD Ministries I thought, “I can’t”.  This was completely out of fear.  See the difference?

I bring this up because I believe that often times God is calling us to do something great and the enemy uses fear to keep us from moving forward.  That fear gets vocalized in the words “I can’t”.  This is a very wise tactic by the enemy because he knows that words matter.  The words we speak and the words we think.

When we say, “I can’t” our mind immediately stops seeking God’s guidance and shifts into justifying why we can’t do something.  It might look something like the following.  God places a passion in your heart for the homeless and then gives you a vision for starting a ministry of providing bottled water for them in the summer time.  Fear enters the picture and you say, “I can’t”.  The mind then shifts into justification mode which sounds something like, “I wouldn’t even know where to begin…I don’t have the resources…I couldn’t raise the funds since I don’t like speaking in front of people…it’s just not possible…I can’t.”  Sound at all familiar?  I know it does for me.

Now, since the words we use do matter we are going to say something different when the fear hits.  Let’s try saying, “What if?”  You see something different happens when we say, “what if”.  Our mind shifts to seeking God’s guidance and thinking about the possibilities.  What if is great also because it is not committing you to anything.  This frees you from the fear to think about the possibilities.  This shift might look something like the following.  God gives you the same passion and vision but this time when the fear hits you say, “What if I could start a ministry like this…what would I need to do first…what are some things I could do to raise the funds…who are some people that might be able to help out…what is it that God has for me?”  As you begin to think through this and answer the questions the fear will begin to seem not so big.

So let me ask you, what has God laid on your heart before that you said, “I can’t”?  Try going back and saying, “What if?”  Remember, you are not saying “I am going to do this.”  You are simply allowing yourself to consider the possibilities and for God to guide you.  And who knows, you just might do something truly great!

“I sought the Lord’s help and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” – Psalms 34:4

– Chantz


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