High jump?

My friend, may I ask you a question? How difficult is it sometimes to keep our hearts open to finding potential in the midst of the mundane, even when the opportunity may be rewarding? People tell us that if we believe we can, we will? How does that work?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

A little good advice: be happy you have something to do no matter how mundane every day. Even though you might be forced to do it, doing your best, however boring or monotonous it might be, breeds virtue, endurance, and a potential that comes from necessity. Remember the old adage: "Necessity is the mother of invention?" There's a lot of truth in that old, wise saying. For example, I've been working on some pretty tedious fence-building projects around here at Beech Springs. Pounding in posts, stringing and tying wire can be pretty monotonous, tedious and, yes, boring. It's monopolized the better part of my weekends for the past few weeks. But in the process of putting up the fence I ended up building a gate. The gate needed to open in a certain way and had to be designed so that Annie, our rescue dog, couldn't jump it. Suddenly the monotonous became novel and the boring became challenging. But it was the monotonous and boring that had led to the potential for invention.

Keeping our hearts open to finding potential in the midst of the mundane is rewarding. But, we need to believe we can.

Here's a story: Flea trainers have observed a predictable and strange habit of fleas while training them. Fleas are trained by putting them in a cardboard box with a top on it. The fleas will jump up and hit the top of the cardboard box over and over and over again. As you watch them jump and hit the lid, something very interesting becomes obvious. The fleas continue to jump, but they are no longer jumping high enough to hit the top. Apparently, Excedrin headache 1738 forces them to limit the height of their jump. When you take off the lid, the fleas continue to jump, but they will not jump out of the box. They won't jump out because they can't jump out. Why? The reason is simple. They have conditioned them- selves to jump just so high. Once they've conditioned themselves to jump just so high, that's all they can do! (Author unknown.)

Many times, people do the same thing. They restrict themselves and never reach their potential. Just like the fleas, they fail to jump higher, thinking they are doing all they can do. Sin limits us to reach our potential in Christ. In fact many Christians act defeated as they can't seem to overcome an addiction. If only we could keep our eyes in Jesus, and put our trust in Him, victory would be obtained and our potential could be reached! Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. We can do anything in Christ; but there is one condition. You and I first have to open our hearts to the potential of that power and then believe it dwells within us. Only when we do will our potential ever be known.

We pray. Heavenly Father, so often we are grounded by our own inability to take on the challenges that face us in life because we are afraid or lack confidence. You give us opportunity, but we often step back in fear and distrust instead of stepping forward in faith and trust. Forgive us Father when we miss those opportunities that You put before us because we just don’t trust You enough. Help us to recognize when risk is good and keep us from setting artificial barriers in life that really just don’t exist. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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