Thursday, April 18, 2013

What's Stopping You?

When Mordecai Brown was a child he always dreamed of becoming a professional baseball pitcher.  His dream was dashed when his hand was mangled in a farm accident that severed his index finger, part of another finger, and broke his other fingers.  The bones were not set properly so they healed in a deformed position. Even so, he tried rehabilitating by throwing rocks at knotholes on the barn wall. Over time he not only learned to throw again, but was able to throw an unusual curve ball because of the odd position of his fingers.

Amazingly, Mordecai, also known as “Three Finger,” became a pro baseball pitcher, winning 239 games in the major leagues and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame!  Brown’s handicap enabled him to throw pitches with an unconventional movement that left batters bewildered—the curve ball that Ty Cobb once called “the most devastating” he had ever faced.

What handicap is stopping you from reaching your destiny?  Your perceived weaknesses can make you more dependent upon God so that only He can do it through you.  God told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).  Paul responded, “Most gladly therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. . . for when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:9-10).

Surrender your weaknesses, handicaps, and setbacks into God’s hands, and then allow His power to work through you.  And once He does it, don’t forget to give Him the credit.

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