You are much stronger than you think you are. We often feel as though we know our limitations. We set boundaries for our accomplishments. We decide how much we can do and when. Sometimes that is good. Sometimes it is not because we are limiting ourselves for what could actually be done. For the majority of us, we have no idea just how strong we really are. We look at someone else’s accomplishments and think how we could never do that – except we have never tried. It is different if we don’t want to accomplish it. I’m not talking about those things we have no interest. I am talking about limiting ourselves on how much we really can do.
In difficulties, we are pushed to what feels like our absolute boundaries. We hesitate when we hear ourselves ask what else could go wrong. We have all ideas that if one more thing happens, we are done. And yet, we continue to move forward. Granted, we may move slowly. It is often really painful. There is nothing easy about one more step when you are already weary beyond measure. But when you take one more step, you can take another. Soon, you are accomplishing what you set out to do.
I wonder how many times we allow fear to set the limits of what we can accomplish. Or maybe our own self-doubt and criticism rings in our minds as we try to move forward. If you find yourself drowning in a pool of defeat, start swimming, one stroke at a time. If you find yourself overwhelmed by grief or worry, take it one small step at a time. When you think you can’t go any further, remember God is with you. He is supporting you as you take one more step. Just keep moving. You are stronger than you think.
5 My steps have held fast to your paths;
my feet have not slipped.
6 I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
incline your ear to me, hear my words.
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