Sep 27, 2013

Do Not Let Yourself be Fooled . . . Even by Yourself

I am around a number of different kinds of people—varied backgrounds, races, socio-economic levels, languages, ages . . . well you get the idea. No one, I don’t suppose, likes other people to set limits on what we can or cannot do. We like to decide for ourselves and we surely believe we exercise free will on a regular basis. And yet . . . ?

Have you ever noticed that some people are frequently trapped in the snares of their own making? Someone, for example, tells a student that he or she is not too bright and regularly even the smartest people go through life under such misapprehension. For a person to be trapped by the misconceptions of others is tragic—and believing the mistaken conviction as if it were true.

An African impala can jump to a height of over ten feet and cover a distance greater than thirty feet. Yet these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a three-foot wall. The animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will land. They are imprisoned with a self-imposed limitation—one that is false.

Faith is the ability to trust what we cannot see, and faith frees us from the flimsy enclosures of life that fear alone continues to entrap us. Certainly human beings are finite creatures, but at the same time may we only be restricted by truth and not something erroneous.



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