Weekly Devotional 3/15/17: Acting on What We Believe

“For as he [man] thinks within himself, so is he.”  Proverbs 23:7 (NAS)

`HORSE JUMP # 2

You will see in this exceptional photo that the horse is literally flying over this double hurdle with a measurable amount of space to spare. A particularly difficult feat, and a beautiful sight to behold. I was inspired to see in this photo the meeting of a challenge in a quote from a woman named Dorothea Brande. She said: “Act as if it were impossible to fail.”

The beautiful horse in this picture believed he could fly over this hurdle with room to spare.  That is the only reason he is doing it successfully.  Looking at this picture and meditating on it should challenge us to do the same. Whatever it is in your life that you need to — or even want to — accomplish successfully, believe that you can do it.  See yourself doing it.  Throw your heart over the hurdles that look like they could hinder you.

A famous trapeze artist from two generations ago was training a new student who, one day, suddenly became filled with fear as he looked at the precarious perch where he had to perform.  He froze — couldn’t move a muscle — and began to gasp, “I can’t do it! I can’t do it!”  The long-time veteran put his arm around the young man and said, “Yes, son, you can do it, and I will tell you how: throw your heart over the bar, and your body will follow.”

The Word of God backs up that premise with the truth from this week’s scripture. God has told us that how we think in our hearts determines what we become and what we can do. Then Jesus adds to that truth by telling us that its from the heart that a man can bring forth either good or evil. (Matthew 12: 34 -35).

The horse in this picture threw his heart over those bars.  He believed he could make that jump with plenty of room to spare.  So he did.  He simply acted on what he believed.  When you go through a difficult situation in your life and find yourself facing the challenge of doing something that looks a little too big or too high for you, come back and take a long look at this photo.  Meditate on it – and on Proverbs 23:7. Then obey Dorothea Brande’s wise words:  “Act as if it were impossible to fail.”

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