Or at least that’s what I’ve always thought. As you might have read in my previous posts, I never exercised growing up. I’ve never played sports. My hand-eye coordination is seriously lacking, and I have the reflexes of a walnut.
And so I just never tried to be athletic. I had made up in my mind that I wasn’t good at sports, so I just never played any. Ever. Because who likes to do things they’re not good at?
Over the past few years, though, I’ve been roped into playing more sports. I’ve had to make my body do more than just carry me from place to place. I’ve had to *gasp* try to do things I’m not good at.
And you know what? It’s been fun, and I haven’t been as terrible as I’ve always thought I would be. I was playing basketball (ok, not really basketball, but H-O-R-S-E) a couple weeks ago, and I was actually winning for the first half of the game.
Maybe somewhere deep down, there’s an athlete that I’ve been neglecting all these years. Maybe if I had decided, years ago, that I actually was an athlete, I really would have been athletic.
I think there are a lot of situations in my life in which I just decide that I’m not something, and so then I never try to be that. I say that I’m not outgoing, and then I never even try to be friendly and welcoming. I say that I’m not a leader, and then I don’t try to disciple or lead people. I let myself off the hook by reasoning that I’m just not like that.
You guys, when I get to heaven, I don’t think God’s going to say to me, “I created to you do and be all these things, but you thought you couldn’t do it. You were right, and I was wrong.” No way. God knows what I’m capable of way better than I do.
Let’s not let ourselves off the hook. You think you’re just not good at witnessing to people? Ok, do it anyway. You get angry a lot, and you think that’s just the way you are? Let God change you!
2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” God wants to show his power, and your true potential, even in your weaknesses. But you have to be willing to trust Him and maybe try new things. You can’t make excuses based on who you think you are or aren’t, because God wants to change the sinful areas and bring out his gifting in your life.