What you will receive is directly connected to how you believe.
I heard an old story about a little frog that was born at the bottom of a small, circular well, similar to those you might see at a typical rural farm. He and his family lived there, and he was content to play in the water, swimming all around that little well. He thought, Life doesn’t get any better than this. I have all that I need.
But one day, he looked up and noticed the light at the top of the well. The little frog became curious, and wondered what was up there. Slowly, he climbed up the side of the well. When he got to the top, he cautiously peered out over the edge. Lo and behold, the first thing he saw was a pond. He couldn’t believe it. It was a thousand times bigger than the well. He ventured farther and discovered a huge lake. He stood there gazing in amazement. Eventually, the little frog hopped a long way and came to the ocean, where everywhere he looked, all could see was water. He was shocked beyond measure. He began to realize how limited his thinking had been. He thought he had it all back in the well, but all he really had was a drop in the bucket compared to what God wanted him to enjoy.
Friend, so many times we’re like that little frog. Each of us enclosed in our own little well, the comfortable environment in which we were raised. It’s all we’ve ever known! A certain level of living, a certain way of thinking. All the while, God has so much more in store for us. God’s dream for our lives is so much bigger, so much greater than we can imagine. If God showed us everything He had in store for us, it would boggle our minds.
God is a progressive God. He wants you to go further than your parents ever went. He wants you to be the one to break the mold. Maybe you were raised in a negative environment. Everybody around you was negative and critical, depressed, down in the dumps, and discouraged. No doubt, you’re tempted to use your negative upbringing as an excuse to live the same way. But you can be the person to change your family tree! You don’t have to keep that negative cycle going. You can be the one to break the curse in your family. You can be the one to raise the bar. You can affect future generations by the decisions you make today.
Stop, think and write down two “bigger than life” dreams, goals, or plan for your life. Write two specific actions you can take today to help those dreams become realities.
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Heavenly Father, You already know all the negative thoughts and limitations that run through my mind. But I’ve had enough of them, and with Your help, I’m going to break this cycle of mediocrity; I reject a “this is the best I can do” mentality. I believe You have great plans for me, and I want to fulfill my destiny. Thank You for believing in me!
TAKEAWAY TRUTH: Today, I will not settle for mediocrity. I will not be limited by my past history, my present circumstances, or by anything that I feel I lack in my life. God is my source, and God is not limited. I will trust in Him and His unlimited resources.