Have you ever caught yourself saying “I’ll will never do _________?” Well I’ve been guilty of that more times than I can count. And guess what?? Most of the things I said I would NEVER do…I’ve done, am doing or know that I will likely have to do them in the future 🙂
I think we pull out the “I will never” statements when we feel a rise of fear, difficulty, pain, insecurity or maybe even a lack of desire or drive to stretch beyond where we are comfortable. I think it’s quite amusing to God that we seem to know our emotional, physical and spiritual limits. God knows every fiber of our being, what we need and when we need it. He uses people, opportunities and situations around us to draw out the potential hidden within each of us. Through it all, He is constantly refining us, gently pushing and stretching us beyond what we think possible. When we step out and trust that we can, with God’s help, do whatever He has allowed to be…then…oh then…He expands our hearts, our faith and even our lives in such a way that we find ourselves doing the very things we said we would never do and growing more like Him along the way.
There have been times in my life when I thought or said, “I will never forgive, never love, never get “there,” never recover (and the list goes on and on), yet each time God reached down to give me exactly I needed to move forward in His strength. I am so thankful that God loves us enough not to leave us where we are but He insists on our growth to become exactly who He has created and destined us to be.
I’ve learned to be consciously aware and intentional of not saying “I will never______” but rather embracing the thought that whatever God puts before me, He will grace me to walk through. I love the verse is Psalm 139:5, “You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. (NIV)” Knowing and believing that His plans for me are perfect and He has gone before and is surrounding me every day, in everything and in every way, removes the fear that hinders me from the growth I so desperately need.
Today I encourage you not to box yourself in by the “I will never…” declarations but instead stand on the truth that you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. Stand firm in knowing that if God brings you TO it, He will bring you THROUGH it and He will use it for your good!