I was young, I was a professional weed-puller. There wasn’t
a weed known to man I couldn’t handle. I got my start at
one of the first tourist attractions in central Florida
- a place called Masterpiece Gardens, which my father owned.
I was just 5 years old, Dad hired me to pull weeds for 25
cents an hour. By the time I reached the age of 11, I was
making a whopping $2 an hour. Best of all, I had job security:
No matter how hard I pulled, I could always count on more
one day our animal trainer destroyed my comfortable existence. “I
told your father I want you to help me do the parrot and
duck shows,” he said. I must have had a puzzled look on my
face because he raised his voice and cried: “Your days of
weed-pulling are over. You’re with the bird shows now!”
couldn’t believe what I was hearing. “Me? You’ve got to be
kidding!” I cried. In that moment, I saw my job security
going down the drain. I could barely communicate with the
people who knew me best. How could I stand and talk in
front of complete strangers?
surpassingly, over the next year I found myself having more
fun doing the bird shows than I ever could have imagined.
Looking back, I can see that I was being prepared by God
for the ministry.
when we get ready to launch into a new direction that will
cause us to be more effective in the kingdom of God, we find
ourselves thinking about all our failures and inabilities.
Causing us to focus on our weaknesses is a powerful tool
the devil uses to prevent us from moving into our God-given
fell prey to Satan’s tactics when God asked him to lead the
Israelites out of Egypt. He asked, “Who am I that I should
go to Pharoah, and that I should bring the children of Israel
out of Egypt?” But God assured him, “I will certainly be
with you” (Ex. 3:11-12, NKJV).
dreams and destinies God gives us usually make us ask,
as Moses did, “Who am I that you’ve called me to do this?” God’s
dreams for us are always bigger than our dreams for ourselves.
inadequacies and past failures don’t matter. The important
thing is that God says, “I will certainly be with you!” How
can we prepare ourselves for the seemingly impossible plans
God has for us? There are two keys:
Feed your brain the right stuff:
we keep rehashing all our failures and goof-ups in our minds,
we will continue to do the same things over and over again.
But if we allow God to put pictures in our hearts of winning
and accomplishing the impossible, those pictures will become
new pictures come by focusing our thoughts on the “right
stuff” - the things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely,
and of good report (see Phil. 4:8). If you’ve been dwelling
on things other than these, grab the remote in your mind
and change the channel!
Know who you are and what you’ve got:
life was changed the day I went through my Bible and wrote
out all the Scriptures that said I was “in Him” or “in Christ.” When
we begin to declare and believe what these Scriptures say
about who we are, the impossible becomes possible. Here
are some of my favorite declarations:
I am a new creature; all things have passed away, and everything
has become new (2 Cor. 5:17).
I am free from condemnation (Rom. 8:1).
God has given me His wisdom, righteousness, sanctification,
and redemption (1 Cor. 1:30).
I have authority over all the power of the enemy, and nothing
shall hurt me (Luke 10:19).
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil.
Word produces a supernatural confidence in us. It changes
the way we see ourselves. When God puts His dreams in our
hearts we no longer need to say: “Me? You’ve got to be kidding!” It’s
time for all of us to lean on God’s presence and allow His
ability to flow through us. Don’t focus on failure. Let’s
press into our destinies with passion!
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