You’ve Got What It Takes

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One Sabbath afternoon, while in the crowd of a church congregation listening to a message on the topic, “Know Who You Are,” an elderly woman shared with the woman next to her painful things her mother used to tell her. Her mother said she would never amount to anything in life. She said she couldn’t be like her sister. Years after being told these painful things, she remembered them like they were told to her yesterday. Sometimes, it’s those you love and look up to the most who discourage you, shatter your confidence and make you feel unworthy, unloved and incapable. They speak lies that you believe are true, and because you believe the painful lies they tell, you live beneath your purpose. You don’t go after your dreams. You settle for less than God’s best for your life in careers, relationships and more.

There are many other women, just like the woman at church that morning, and you may be one of them. You may have been told that you were good for nothing. You may have been told that you don’t have what it takes to do great things, and your dreams will never come true. You may have been told you’re not somebody. And you may have believed every word.

It’s hard to erase from your memory and heart words that have wounded you deeply, maybe to the point where you have been living a mediocre life—but today you have a second chance. Today, declare, “I can!” You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).

The verse says all things! That means any dream that is within your heart or any vision that is in your mind can come to pass. But, you have to believe in yourself. You have to believe that you are capable just as God believes you are capable. He has a hand-carved plan designed just for your life, and you can accomplish it.

You will face adversity at some point in life. Your friends or family may begin to doubt, discredit or discourage you. You might even start to doubt yourself. But always remember that you’ve got what it takes to do all things!