“I can’t see myself in a fulfilling relationship.”
“I can’t see myself in any other job. I can’t see myself finishing college. I can’t see myself going to the gym and working out three times a week. I can’t see myself tone and healthy.”
I CAN’T SEE.
If you can’t see something does it exist? Of course it does! If it didn’t exist you couldn’t say I can’t see it.
When someone says I can’t see myself (fill in the blank), it doesn’t mean what they are thinking about doesn’t exist. They know its there. They just can’t seem to grab hold of it.
Can you physically transport yourself to planet Neptune in 3 seconds? If you answered yes, perhaps you need help.
But most of you will say, no David. That is just ridiculous.
Therefore, you dismiss the idea, thinking no more about it, right?
A person ponders, laments and suffers over some THING they know is possible.
They sense inside themselves the POWER they possess to SEE it come to pass.
Have you ever rose from your bed, thought about your dreams and whispered in your own ear, “Oh..I can’t see myself wealthy. I can’t see myself finishing that project, starting my own book store, going to the gym today.”
If you said no your a liar.
I think everyone has been discouraged at least once in their lives.
It’s not that you can’t see yourself in a better situation; its that you don’t believe that you can do it.
We often make excuses, not because we don’t want a better life, but because we:
- See that it’s too much work
- See that it may sacrifice our comfort zone
- See that it may cost us a friendship
- See that we don’t have the skill, or we think we can’t learn something new
- See only our present limitations
- See how people have discouraged us to the point of no hope
There are a lot of I can’t see reasons, aren’t there?
What is your… I CAN’T SEE excuse?
There was a man in the Bible who couldn’t see past his excuses, until Jesus came and gave him the sight he needed.
“Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.
Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.”
The man could see the pool of Bethesda. The water was anointed and blessed. Each time someone dipped in the pool, they were healed of their disease. The man could see others getting healed. But all he could SEE was his fear.
“What if I don’t get healed? What if I am not worthy? What if I am not healed and everyone laughs at me? What if ..what if…what if…
He was not afraid of the pool, he was afraid of being rejected.
But Jesus knew about the man. His fears, relationships, excuses..everything. Even all the wrong he had done in his life. Jesus is God so why wouldn’t he know? 🙂
Did he say, awww..that’s okay. I know its hard. You are good. Keep trying now!
NO. He said GET UP! PICK UP YOUR MAT AND WALK.
See, if we don’t just GET UP and get going, the enemy (fear) will give us an unlimited supply of excuses, blinding us from the truth that WE CAN SEE.
What can’t you see today? What fear is holding you captive from your own pool of Bethesda? I have battled many fears in my life time. But I refuse to allow myself to just sit by my pool of POWER.
I don’t care how people react to me; I don’t see my limitations. I see myself how GOD sees me.
He sees me POWERFUL, CAPABLE, STRONG, BRAVE AND FORGIVEN all through his son Jesus.
***What is your POWER? Your ability to think, reason, move your body, rub your eyes and decide to take ACTION!
Go to the mirror and take a good long look. What do you see? Don’t turn away.
Fear wants you to turn away and go back under the covers. Jesus helped the man in the Bible to see and he will help you too.
I invite you to leave your comments and questions. 🙂