The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them... â€” Arthur C. Clarke
Are you a runner? I donâ€™t mean a half marathon or marathon runner. Rather, are you a person who runs from the slightest feeling of inadequacy?
Many years ago, I was asked to present a dramatic monologue during an event for Campus Crusade. I spent hours in preparation for my two-hour solo. And when the evening came, Libby and I were sitting in the front row, enjoying the program, and waiting for my cue. Just as it was my turn to go on stage, the emcee announced to the audience, â€œWeâ€™ve got a surprise for you!â€ Vonette Bright, the wife of Campus Crusadeâ€™s founder, was on the phone.
Over the loud speakers, Vonette announced that her husband, Bill, was expected to pass away that night. There was a hush in the room and tears on cheeks as we listened to Vonette share Billâ€™s story.
Then it was my turn. Before the lights came up, I was drying my tears and contemplating the intense moment weâ€™d all shared. And then I realized my mind was blank. I was scheduled to be on stage for the next two hours, and I couldnâ€™t remember a single line.
I was painfully aware of my limitations, and I contemplated dashing off the stage before go time.
Inadequacy is a struggle. It can either paralyze us or taunt us. We want to either run away or ignore the request â€“ convinced God has the wrong person in mind for the job.
This begs the question: Does God actually ask people to do things beyond their abilities?
Jesusâ€™ disciples had just returned from their first solo ministry circuit â€“ driving out demons and curing diseases â€“ and Jesus invites them to retreat with Him. But the crowds follow; and rather than turn them away, Jesus welcomes them and teaches until dinnertime.
The Twelve came to [Jesus] and said, â€œSend the crowd away so they can goâ€¦ find food and lodgingâ€¦.â€
He replied, â€œYou give them something to eat.â€
They answered, â€œWe have only five loaves of bread and two fishâ€¦â€
Jesus had eyes to see the thousands of hungry people. He knew there wasnâ€™t enough food. But He asked the disciples to feed them anyway.
Lord, itâ€™s possible that focusing on my own limitations has stolen precious moments of worship. Rather than listen to a voice of self-loathing, amplify within me a voice of praise for You and the way You want to partner with me. Amen.
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