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Turning a Test into a Testimony

Sunday, June 09, 2013

I saw an amazing video at church this morning. I found a link to the video online at
Click on the 'Watch Now' button beneath the smiling face.

What an incredible reminder that we are more than our difficulties. They don't define us, it's what we do with them that counts. What limits us most is ourselves. We let outward things define us, instead of using our limitations as springboards to a more vibrant life. Why do we focus on what we can't do--instead of focusing on what we CAN do.

The more we exercise what we can do, the more our abilities expand. We can do more than we ever dreamed, but we give up before we find out how far we can go. What's the difference between those that succeed, and the rest of us? Those that succeed don't give up at the first (or second, or third, or. . . .) fall. They get right back up again, and keep right on going.

I've been thinking of 1 Corinthians 9:27, "I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified." Do I really discipline my body, do I really work towards greater strength and ability? Do I really know what my body is capable of?

And what about the rest of me? Am I training my mind, my spirit as well? Who knows where my journey will lead when I work to strengthen what I already have? Instead of blaming my circumstances for my failures, it's time to use what I already have to best advantage.

No matter how small my abilities, I can use what I've been given, and build on that. No more focusing on what I can't do, it's time to focus on using what I have, and build on that. In overcoming my limitations, I turn that test into a testimony.
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