By Noel Pinnock, Contributing Writer
Apostle Paul encourages us to believe that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us in the Book of Philippians (4:13 NKJV). This is a universal scripture that many recite each day in their daily devotions or meditations. However, many of us fail to really implement this in our daily lives. Oftentimes, we find ourselves de-energized, burned out, confused, and weary because we either don’t really believe we can do all things, or we make the fatal assumption that our situation is too large or complex. This is probably something that you have already heard before. However, let me provide you with some inspiring words to challenge your thinking, helping you think outside of the box. It’s time to dispel any thoughts of impossibility.
First, in order to see past the impossible, you have to possess an unyielding willingness to see yourself at that desired goal or outcome. This willingness is characterized by many as having faith. Faith is not a noun, but a verb. It is not someone, but it is doing something! Having faith requires kinetic energy both in your brain and in your body, because faith without works is dead. In the vernacular, faith sees the invincible (goal or outcome), believes in the incredible (neurological response), and receives the impossible (action oriented momentum).
Second, recognize that you are no better than anyone else and no one else is better than you. Gerry Fusco, CEO of Gerry Consulting and Ministry Leader for the Between the Job Ministry, planted that powerful seed in my life when he and I worked on a project together. The profound statement enabled me to know without any uncertain terms that we all are truly equal, and in that equality, no one has accomplished anything that cannot be duplicated or improved upon. Careful now, as there is a defining line between confidence and arrogance. I believe we define that line in every business venture, sales pitch, or conversation we share with others. It wasn’t until I accepted my inadequacies that I was able to embrace God’s all sufficient grace, which provided the confidence required to produce the faith that watered the seed Gerry planted in my life. So, I offer you the same seed of encouragement.
Finally, there should not be any mountain too high or valley too low that should keep YOU from achieving that next level of success in your life and career. You may be having some difficult times. However, Jesus Christ reminds us to speak to the mountains and valleys in our life in faith. You must know and believe that the power lies in YOU!
English Poet, William Ernest Henley, wrote in his 1888 poem, Invictus, the following:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate.
I am the captain of my soul.
Who is the master of your fate and the captain of your soul?
To read more about author Noel Pinnock, B.S., M.P.A., C.A., CCC, IPMA-SCP, please visit www.noelpinnock.com.