When your goals are greater than your capacity

This is what scenes in a novel consist of: goals that are beyond the capacity of the character. The character wants something, a major obstacle stands in the way, the character attempts to overcome.

Life can be the same way: we want something, obstacles are in the way, we attempt to overcome obstacles.

But sometimes the obstacles are huge.

Sometimes the discouragement is paralyzing.

It’s like gridlock on the H1 after an accident: there’s nothing you can do about it, you ain’t going nowhere, no matter what you try and do.


Except it’s your life on gridlock mode.

What do you do then?

My tendency is to have fear and anger, and a lot of it. But God has been working something new in me.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7

In the midst of gridlock, power, love and a sound mind.

From God.

My circumstances stay the same.

But my fears become less.

Power, love, sound mind.

I’m sending out an Easter prayer, that if you read this and if you feel your life’s in gridlock mode, you might trade in your fear, and allow God to fill you with power, love and a sound mind.

I think that’s what Easter’s about: taking the worst of life’s gridlocks – injustice, death and evil – and overcoming, beyond all logic or natural capacity, with power, love and healing. That’s so beautiful. And I believe it, because I’ve experienced it.

So, when my goals are greater than my capacity, I go back to Easter.

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