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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Choices and limitations

Paul Tournier says that perhaps the most powerful and unused gift from God is choice.

In everything in life, we have a choice.

We can't choose how things happen to us, the events and situations that come our way, but we can choose how we react to them.

And how we choose to react to circumstances comes from not only the presence of God in our lives, but the experience of knowing that our choice will bring about a positive result inside of of us.

It is not what happens to us, but how we react to what happens to us that counts.

We decide, we choose to react in a positive way to anything in life.

The root of the word "decide" means "to cut."

One of the positive sides of pain and negativity in our lives is that we have to cut.  We have to make choices which we didn't at other times in our lives. 

We make the choice to move on in spite of our limitations.

We don't let our limitations hinder us.

In the 1952 Olympics a young Hungarian boy looked down his pistol barrel and split the bull's eye again and again, he just couldn't miss.

With that perfect right hand and eye coordination, he won a gold medal.  Six months later he lost his right arm.

But in Melbourne four years later he came back and split the bull's eye again and again, winning his second gold medal with his left hand.  He chose not to be limited by his limitations.

What is limiting you today?

I would encourage you to stop the blaming, complaining process and begin to make the choice to move on.  Accept what you can't do and move on to what you can do.

A great theologian (Clint Eastwood) once said in one of his movies, "A man must know his limitations." 

So true.  But don't allow your limitations to limit you from achieving the best that God has for you in life.

Just a thought for a Thursday

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