Don’t Play Small

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

Daily Devotional

Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Most of us have grown up abiding by limitations others have placed around us. We’ve become so accustomed to borders holding us back that we’ve learned to limit ourselves and accept mediocrity as normal. This type of thinking causes us to pull back when we feel we’re “nearing our limits” and approaching a breakthrough. However, God wants us to live life without any limits or borders.

In the Old Testament, when the people came to the land of milk and honey that God promised them, their own thinking kept them from possessing the land. They let what they saw with their physical eyes cause them to turn back and limit the Holy One of Israel. They allowed fear and discouragement to stop them, and they admitted that they were, in their own sight, as grasshoppers. Caleb and Joshua were the only people who trusted God enough to believe Him, and the only ones who received what was promised.

Caleb and Joshua were believers; they had spirits with no limits. Like them, when we remove all self-imposed limitations, we’ll see the manifestations of God’s promises. It’s a question of whether we believe and trust God despite what we see, or doubt Him and shrink back. On our Christian journey, we walk by faith and not by sight.

Why did  Caleb and Joshua have a different perspective from the other ten? They saw no limitations with God and therefore for them nothing was insurmountable.

Set big goals; typically the bigger the goal the greater the achievement. Because of the limitations imposed on us by your own mind we will often be inclined to set goals that are small, that we can achieve by our efforts.  These goals typically do not require faith in God. That was the opposite of what the Children of Israel did. Crossing the overflowing Jordan and taking down the walls of Jericho were so big, the Children of Israel had no choice but to put their faith in God.  It was not hard, he did deliver. The lesson we can learn from this is, do not be afraid to set goals that stretch your faith. It is okay if your goal seems impossible without God’s involvement.

Life Application: Remove the limits by reassessing your existing goals and where needed set bigger goals.

Prayer: Dear Lord, There are many times when I get fearful because I am operating by sight. I must admit that there are some things that scare me because I am not seeing them through your eyes. Help me to remove all limitations I have placed on myself.

Published by Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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