In an earlier post this summer, I wrote about my struggles to accomplish a pull-up.
Recently, I’ve gotten strong enough to do assisted pull-ups, in which my daughter supports my feet or ankles as I haul myself high enough to get my chin over the bar. Last week, I didn’t seem to need her support as much as I once had.
“I think you should try one on your own,” she said.
No way did I think I was ready for that. My plan was to attempt a solo pull-up in another week, or perhaps two. In the back of my mind, I was afraid of trying too soon and failing. But I am always preaching to my children about breaking out of their comfort zones, and I knew I needed to give it a shot.
With trepidation, I jumped up, grabbed the bar, and to my great surprise, pulled myself up.
My daughter can attest to what happened next, though I’m glad no one else was there to see it. I squealed, jumped up and down, and clapped like a little girl on Christmas morning.
I was that excited. And shocked. And thrilled!
At age forty-three, I had finally accomplished something that my inner voice warned I might never be able to do. Silly, right? I should have been visualizing success rather than failure.
I doubted the power within me.
I wonder how often I have allowed the doubts and fears expressed by my skeptical inner voice to hold me back from accomplishing not only some small thing, like a pull-up, but some major achievement for God!
His Holy Spirit residing within me is an endless source of power, inspiration, and strength, if only I would call upon him. Just because I feel I lack a natural ability in a certain area, should my doubts drown out his calling me to minister, or witness, or serve?
Should I not attempt to fulfill the requests of a Savior who gave all for me?
Of course! Rather than relying upon my own limited strength and reflecting upon past failures, I should draw from the strength of the One with an endless power supply.
Verses to Consider
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. – Isaiah 40:29
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. – II Corinthians 12:9, 10
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; – Ephesians 3:16
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – II Timothy 1:7