I was born and raised in the city of Akko. As a young boy, due to a fever, I lost 80% of my hearing. Because of this, I was labeled by teachers and ridiculed by children. As I think back on that difficult time, I realize that if you want to change yourself or the opinion of others about you, don’t wait for someone else to inspire you. Begin the change yourself.
Many times, people say things such as, “he/she is slow, incapable, or lazy.” You can agree with what others say about you – or not. If you have a confident attitude and do not accept their negativity, their opinion may change. No matter what, do not belittle yourself.
Sometimes we have to be like Abraham. When he obeyed God’s call for him to leave his “comfort zone,” he was like a chick inside the egg, struggling and pushing until it breaks through the shell.
There are times when others see potential. They may expect more from us than we are ready to give. If we choose to move toward the goal, we can succeed and turn the tide in our own lives. Without struggle, we won’t reach our potential.
The change begins as we ask, “What does God say about me?”
Does it line up with how you see yourself and what you say about yourself?
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen… By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:1-3).
Faith is like a tank or bulldozer moving us forward toward the goal. Only we, by believing the lies of the enemy and by thinking ungodly thoughts about ourselves, can allow ourselves to get stuck. Through prayer and seeking God, find a purpose in which to invest your life.
We were created to make a change, and faith is meant to bring forth breakthroughs in our lives and those of others. There are many times in the Word and the history of Israel when those in leadership, while looking at the current situation, were the very ones who cast doubt – bringing the situation to a halt. In many cases, someone else rose up and stood in faith bringing the breakthrough. We must beware of those well-meaning people who talk about what cannot be done; AND we must ALSO be careful not to be our own worst enemy, not to be used as a tool of the enemy against ourselves. Instead, we should be encouraged in our faith and instructed in our walk by Yeshua’s example in John 5:8-9, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”
“Prepare the way, Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people” (Isaiah 57:14). Take action.
“… Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Yeshua, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls” (Hebrews 12:1-3).
This article originally appeared in the Oasis newsletter, January 2021, and reposted with permission.