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Monday, 14 April 2008

doing the things I think I cannot do

"You must do the things you think you cannot do." -Eleanor Roosevelt

This quote is on my friend Bekah's blog.

I have been thinking a lot lately about this concept. A couple days ago, I was asked to stand in front of a group of my co-workers (who I consider friends and whom I trust) with my eyes closed and to hold out my hand to guess different objects.

One of my co-workers, Regine... love her!
She just graduated from her studies to use horses for helping children work through emotional, mental, physical issues. And had invited our office to her stables to celebrate. She was using me to demonstrate some of the things she does with the kids.

I do not know how many of you know this about me... but I am flat out frightened to have my eyes closed in a group of people. maybe it is a fear of being made fun of, or taken advantage of, or made to look stupid, ... I am not sure... But, I weighed my options and did not let my friend down. I made a step of faith and came through unscathed. :-) yay!!!... and did not re-close my eyes when a couple of the guys... as men do... wanted me to close them to pull their own prank on me... No.. my friends... I am keenly aware of these things!

And tomorrow, I am flying to Cyprus, where I will rent a car and drive myself about an hour to where I will be staying this week while I check out where the conference will be that I am organizing for next month. Here is another opportunity for me to put into practice...

I must do the things that I think I cannot do.... In Cyprus they drive on the left ... as they do in the UK... an activity I have successfully avoided all my life... and now.... I must do it. Pray for me.

Ahhh.. another opportunity to see that God is bigger than my fears.

To be honest, I think that many things that I am capable of doing in life... were first things that I did not think I could do. I am so glad that fear does not paralyze me but instead propels me to trust God and take a step forward. May this always be true!