There’s power in words. Proverbs 18:21 tells us “death and life are in the power of the tongue.” I’m a firm believer in letting our words breathe life. Recently, I embarked on a journey in which words truly matter. In this case, it was the words and the thoughts I had in my own mind about myself.
I’m a natural encourager to everyone around me. I love to lift others up. But something strange happens when I try to turn those cheery thoughts toward myself. Suddenly I am met with doubt and insecurity. I don’t believe the things for myself that I believe for others.
I’m not good enough. Others have already done this. I will look stupid. No one wants what I have to give. People do this better. I’m not equipped. What if I fail? Who really cares? I can’t. I can’t. I can’t.
On and on those thoughts invade. There is a famous quote by Henry Ford that says, “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right.” There’s power in words. And I believed the lie “I can’t” for starting up a small business. The lie won.
Alas, the Lord has a way of moving us from our comfort zones with HIS words. And He is gracious to send others who carry His message to us. My husband, my closest friends, my children all were saying life-giving words to me.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. His grace is sufficient. You are worthy. He is more than enough. Take a step. Do one thing. Yes! Go for it. You can. You can. You can.
And ever so slowly, those thoughts begin to drown out the lies. They pushed the doubts into a place where they no longer paralyzed. I found myself starting to think that this is maybe, kinda something I might be able to actually do. Sort of.
It was a process, a step in the right direction. I began to realize that I didn’t have to believe the lies. I don’t have to know everything. I don’t have to be perfect. I don’t have to fear failure. I don’t have worry about what others think. I just have to believe I could.
I could try. I could overcome fear. I could learn. I could grow. I could dream. I could achieve.
And so I did. I launched a small business.
And it’s terrifying. And exhilarating. And daunting. And mine. All because I took a step. I changed my thinking from “I can’t” to “I can”. I don’t have all the answers, but I know the One who does. I trust Him to guide me through this, wherever it’ll lead.
Maybe you are still believing those lies of “I can’t” and other words that do not breathe life. Listen instead to those who love you. God has a plan and purpose for you. Do one thing today that moves you towards “I can”.