Vol. 6, No. 19 – May 9, 2021
Going Out On A Limb – Genesis 18:14
Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son. –Genesis 18:14
When you look back upon your life, do you have regrets over the things you did not do more than the things you did accomplish? When you faced a difficult task, did you fake it; act as though it was impossible to fail? We need to pull forward in life as a believer climbing our Mount Everest. We need to go from looking at what we can see, to believing what God says we can have in Him. We should not fear the important, even seemingly impossible, having God on our side. Having His encouragement to forge ahead.
If your baseball team is playing in the bottom of the 9th and behind 11-8, with two outs you will not win with a bunt—you are at the plate to hit it out of the park.
A mediocre man thinks he is not mediocre. Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down. –William M. Winans.
Undertake something that is difficult, it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. –Ronald E. Osborn.
It is not hard finding encouraging advice in the literature or books of quotes. Over the span of our life, it is difficult to know what is truly impossible. What we take for granted today, may well have been impossible yesterday. Impossible is a word found only in the dictionary of fools. –Napoleon.
What words are in your dictionary?
I managed a huge number of employees over the years—in six different states, 21 different business units. What I often found were those who were afraid of doing too much who actually did too little. When you are moving forward, you will find that you must attempt the impossible. That includes with being comfortable with great dreams.
I always looked forward to working a best job—never found it in the world. I do not think the best job is available without Christ walking beside you. Christians never should stay in the shadows but be stretched to stand in the light of the cross. An old saying goes He who expects nothing shall never be disappointed!
Some other thoughts that should encourage us and be applied to our lives are helpful.
- Our readiness to take risks speaks to our grasp of our faith
- God does not restrict our faith; faith puts no restrictions on God (Hebrews 11:6)
- Our vision must necessarily be bigger than we are (Psalm 61:2)
- Staying “in balance” is most often our excuse to not do what we ought to do
- When we take care to not have much on our plate, we will never do all that we can
- The most disappointed people of our world get what is coming to them and no more
- Never taking a risk is the most successful failure
- Unless God in in our dream, it is likely headed south
Brethren be great believers. Little faith will bring your souls to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven to you souls. –Charles Spurgeon
Go out on a limb—that is where the real fruit is!