What would you do if you knew that you c ouldn’t fail?
It’s a powerful question and one that I’ve asked myself many times in life.
Somehow as I’ve sorted out the answer from deep within my heart
I’ve tried things that I never in a million years thought that I could do.
I remember like it was yesterday sitting in that first grade classroom
And listening to my teacher read the story “The Little Engine That Could”.
I remember like it was yesterday realizing that I could relate to those other trains –
the ones that refused to help because they didn’t believe they could
and I remember longing to have the spirit and vision that the little Blue Engine had.
I think I can
I think I can
Can I? I wondered.
Deep within my head I knew that the answer for me was a resounding NO.
When I was nine my parents purchased an old, upright piano.
I loved it even though some of its keys were old and a few didn’t even work.
I yearned to be able to play the piano and take piano lessons
but frequent moves continued to block that idea.
One day I walked into the dining room and over to that piano and sat down on the bench.
Quietly so no one could hear, I began to play a few notes.
That was the beginning of my learning to teach myself to play the piano.
I wanted to so much that I spent hours struggling to match the key
with the musical note on the page.
At times I’d get frustrated and push away from the piano
only to find myself coming back and trying again.
But I still didn’t believe that I could play.
No, not for many years.
One day I was asked to accompany the school chorus.
I was drenched in fear that first day
feeling so vulnerable, so exposed.
What if I hit the wrong notes, I thought. I’d be devastated.
But the truth was
I not only hit wrong notes, I hit lots of them.
Somehow life went on and I began to learn that
I was ok even though I wasn’t perfect.
That the Lord Who made me is the only One Who is perfect.
I could trust Him with my successes and my losses.
Slowly my life began to change
as I leaned upon Him and risked failure.
Well known motivational speaker Zig Ziglar once said
that it’s your attitude not your aptitude that will determine your altitude.
Are you letting Him work in and through you?
Are you stretching and growing and dreaming new dreams?
Let the Spirit breathe fresh wind upon your sails today, my friend,
and believe Him.
“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
So what would you do if you knew that you couldn’t fail?
You might be amazed at how your answer could change your life.
Love this, Sharon!! Through my childhood and as my children came along and grew up, always that story has been nudging me to that “I knew I could” point! Thank you for sharing your story. and inspirational words.
Thank you, Sally, and I believe that you are going to be dancing ‘I knew I could’ dances for the King in the days to come. I am so excited for you, my friend. Let’s keep growing!