“Ouch! That hurts!” The patient cried as his psychiatrist pricked his finger with a needle.
Dr. Brown had to resort to using extreme measures so he can try to talk his patient out of his absurd belief that he was already dead.
He had told his patient a week ago to read some medical textbooks to convince him that dead men don’t bleed. His patient came back a week later to confirm that medical evidence indeed proves that dead men don’t bleed.
“So if a person were to bleed, you would know for sure that he or she was not dead?”, Dr. Brown asked.
“Absolutely!”, the patient replied.
This was what Dr. Brown had been waiting for. It was the moment of truth.
How would his patient react to the pricking of his finger?
The patient looked down at his pricked finger and exclaimed, “Oh my goodness, dead men do bleed!”
People believe what they want to believe. And they will convince themselves that what they believe is the truth, even when it’s not.
What do you believe about yourself? Do you have deeply-held beliefs that limit you fulfill your potential?
I used to believe that I was a failure. I was undisciplined and inconsistent. I was too hard on myself because I could never get myself to consistently do the right thing. I would always make mistakes again and again even when I tried harder.
I knew that God sees me differently. He sees me as a victorious and productive person. But what I was seeing in my life told me otherwise.
The evidence I saw in my life reinforced my limiting beliefs that I was indeed a failure. But what if I could see them in a different light and attach a different meaning to them? What if I could see my shortcomings, not as proof of me being a failure but instead as pieces of evidence of a more empowering truth? That I can do nothing apart from God.
I think the greatest limiting belief I have is not that I am a failure. It is believing that I can do it on my own.
“I’ve got this.”
“I know what I’m doing.”
“I know I’m right.”
And when I fail at my attempt to do it on my own, I don’t admit that I need help.
Just like the patient, I would say to myself, “Oh my goodness, I was right all along in believing I’m a failure!”
I want to tell you that you are not a failure. Making mistakes doesn’t mean you’re a failure. They only show you that you need help. You need a higher being to take over your life.
God loves us so much that he already gave us a solution to our problems. He gave us a gift so that through this gift, we will be able to live out our full potential as human beings.
Jesus is God’s gift to us. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Through him, we can become fruitful and productive.
Jesus said, “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
The only way to a productive life is through the path of surrender. Concede and admit that you can’t do it on your own. Yield to a higher power and you will see a victorious life.
You don’t need me to prick your finger to believe, do you?
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