A few days ago, I watched an athlete in a TV interview. What struck me was not his confidence, but his lack thereof. He seemed unsure, insecure and hesitant. This is not common to champions. It seemed odd. Rather than saying something like, “I’m going to go out there and give it my all,” he spoke something like, “well, I am just going out there. . . and. . . we’ll see.”
I was intrigued by his words. I wanted to know how he was going to fare at the big athletic event that was coming up. I was pretty sure, he’d already counted himself out. I kept my eyes on the event. Sure enough, not much later, he got hurt and was out of the event.
Sadly, it wasn’t his athletic power or prowess that made him lose, but his mindset.
How often are we already defeated, before we even start?
Lately, I’ve been working on a project. If I’m honest with myself, my heart hasn’t been in it. I guess, underneath it all — I don’t want to fail and have bad results. I don’t want it to appear I didn’t do a great job at my work. I don’t want people to think bad things about me. I don’t want to try hard and then lose belief in my self.
“The timing isn’t right.”
“I don’t have the resources like I did last time.”
“I don’t feel good about how it is shaping up.”
“God probably is not calling me to do this.”
What excuses are you making — to not see through something you’ve promised to do?
Often, the Lord positions us to awkwardly trust Him rather than casually continuing our own way. We may see it as a position of: lack. But, God knows, it is a position of: power.
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. (Ps. 127:1)
We build. It’s our construct.
He builds. It’s an impenetrable, unwavering, fortress, not easily tumbled down.
Which construct has a firmer foundation?
When God constructs, feelings, end results, people’s opinions, and outcomes don’t matter. When God constructs, we always get built up. It seems he’s coming to fix a window until He says, “Oh no, it goes much deeper than this — I have to get behind your walls.”
This is why sometimes outcomes don’t turn out as we expect. Because our good Father goes behind facades to build a sturdy house, rather than a feeble one. And, it is all for our good. For your good.
What are you building — a house of sticks? Or, one of materials that will last?
As we entrust our heart, our attitude, our will, and emotions to Him, He will build a construct that will not be tossed, thrown out or torn down — and that will endure all the way to and through heaven.
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Thought provoking, Kelly.
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Just yesterday I was praying this verse regarding a project that I’m working on. I said, “God, please build this “house”. Otherwise I’m laboring in vain.” I feel that your writing this, at this exact time, was a reminder from God to me that I need to keep this verse in my heart whenever I’m working on my project. I also appreciate how you tied it in to eternity and reminded us to examine what we are building our “house” with. Thank you for sharing this!
I love the thought of God coming to fix a window and then needing to get behind the wall as well. This is so true, God always goes deeper than we are comfortable with and yet the outcome is also so much more than we could have dreamed. Many Thanks 8)
Kelly – Oh how I needed your word. I need a mindset change. I am working on something I have no doubt is from God but I keep trying to undermine it by thinking I am not capable. But silly me he is in the one who will empower me.
This is a lesson we humans seem to need to learn over and over. When we succeed, it’s all too easy to get puffed-up and think “I did it!” And other times we just feel weak and afraid of failing. Either way can bring failure unless we turn to Him and realize it’s His strength and His power that we need.