“Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.”
Theodore N. Vail
Good morning, friends! I sure hope you had a fun and safe July 4th celebration. We had a blast at the beach last week and today I’m off to camp with kids from church for a few days, so life isn’t slowing down for me. Clearly, we all need encouragement!
Of the many lessons I’ve learned in my years as a minister, the most profound one by a long shot is the power of the unknown. I’ve seen the unknown do terrible damage to persons. I’ve seen the unknown take persons down. I’ve seen the unknown be the end of persons. Every time I’ve encountered the unknown, even when it’s come to me, I’ve seen the worst…almost happen.
The thing is, as I have learned, our brains apparently don’t know how to handle the unknown, so they begin to believe the worst. It will be the worst outcome. It will be the worst prognosis. It will be the worst eventuality. It will be the worst everything… but only in our mind.
Do bad things happen? Sure they do. Do worst things happen? Absolutely, sometimes, but never as often as we imagine them. Our prediction rate of the worst is pretty poor, yet predict we do whenever we encounter the unknown.
But what if you took one moment, just one simple moment, to examine the thing objectively? Maybe the thing is a problem, or a failure, or a pain, or a mistake, or an obstacle. Whatever is the thing, take an honest look at it. I’ll bet the size of the boogie man in your life isn’t as big as the monster in your mind, and more often than not you can take that boogie man down if you try.
So try this: when a problem comes along this week take that honest look before the unknown monster comes around. Formulate an action step or two do deal with it while it’s manageable, still in the known. And before you know it you’ll be headed towards success while the unknown is still tying its shoes, and you will be developing a habit that will serve you well the rest of your life. Can you do it? Absolutely you can, I know that about you! Have a great week, and be encouraged!
1 Samuel 17:1-50