“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted." Job: 42:2
We are all created in the image of God and He gave us wisdom, and a potential to create and succeed. Sometimes we allow negativity around and within us win over God's purpose. There are two important things that we need to work on if we want to resuscitate our abilities.
We expect others to hold our backs
An ability for one to be able to dream, create, execute and accomplish is only reliant on how she or he perceives his or her potential. There is a lot that is against us than what is for us. People will always talk, and have an opinion on how we should live our lives or perform. If we choose to focus on what others think of us, we are not listening to ourselves and not paying attention to God's soft voice. Most of the time we wait for other people's approval, and that is what is holding us back. We should acknowledge that we are our own, we own our failures and successes. We eventually need to stand on our own, we need not put our trust to those who always claim to have our backs more that we trust God. We must learn to hold both our front and our back in most cases. The dangers of not watching our back is that if a person (not God) who promised to hold us decides to shift, we go straight to the ground.
We doubt ourselves
Self-doubt is a dream killer. Negative thinking, fear to take the first step, and a fear of rejection will only fuel feelings of uncertainty, indecision and stagnation. If we constantly doubt ourselves, who is going to have confidence in us?. We sometimes look next door, watch others fail and conclude that we will also fail. At time we are in competition with the girl next door and end up seeing our selves not good enough to execute our talents like them. This leads to us questioning whether our goals are achievable, our pessimistic feelings become real. We always get stuck in our negative thoughts forgetting that we can never succeed if we are holding ourselves back. A friend of mine used to say when engineers are about to build a shopping centre, they draw the mall showing the world how the end product will look like and the drawing mostly serve as a reminder for them not to ever forget the road ahead. They put up the signage written "mall opening soon". The visual is what keeps them going, despite all challenges they may encounter, they keep moving because they see where they are going. It all starts in the mind, through to the eye and eventually becomes a reality.
I remember how Moses doubted his ability to speak and lead Israelites out of Egypt. God's answer to him is what makes me not to ever doubt the potential God deposited in all of us, as long as we consult Him in times of doubt. He said " Who makes a persons mouth, who decide whether people should speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say." Exodus 4:10-12)
Moses knew his limitation, and most of us do. But we must have wisdom to see God's hands and glory upon our lives. Then when His hands touches us, we are able to do anything that He called us to do. God at times uses our limitation to teach us to rely whole heartedly on Him.