The girl had an exuberant personality. She struck half a dozen different poses and told me that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Then she added that she wants to be a police officer. Her mother interjected, “She might also want to be an engineer; she’s always trying to fix things.”
“Yes, I want to build a rocket ship!”
“And what else are you good at?”
“You’re good at so many things, and you have so many ambitions!”
“That’s how I raise them,” their mother told me. “To be free and to try different things.”
Have you ever thought that nothing good is going to happen to you? Maybe you’ve even said something like “If I don’t expect anything good to happen, I won’t be disappointed if it doesn’t.”These thoughts are obstacles in your mind, and simply recognizing them will pave the way to your freedom. As Christians, we need to learn to fight for our thoughts, because our minds don’t automatically come into agreement with God’s plans.
I can look back at it and remember thinking, I’m probably never going to be in worldwide ministry—I probably just made that up because I wanted it to happen. It probably wasn’t God’s will at all. This was my obstacle, and it was a lie all the time. I had encountered so many disappointments in my life that I was afraid to believe anything good might happen. And when I really began to study the Word and to trust God to restore me, I realized my negativism had to go.