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It is Time to Try Again
By Joel Osteen - Aug 05, 2016

Sometimes people will try to put us in a box and tell us things like, "You can't start that business; you don't have the resources. You'll never afford a nice place to live, never get well, or never meet the right person." Because their thinking is limited, they'll try to put their limitations on you. But you have to put your foot down and say, "I refuse to be mediocre because people around me are mediocre. I refuse to be addicted, depressed or have low expectations. I know I'm a barrier breaker! I'm going to set a new standard." 

It all starts in our thinking. Nothing will change until you make up your mind you are not going to accept mediocrity. I saw a study that was done with fleas. Researchers put all these fleas in a container and then put a lid on the top. The fleas immediately tried to fly out, but they hit the lid again and again. Before long, they realized they were stuck. At one point, the researchers removed the lid. But much to their surprise, the fleas didn't try to fly out anymore. They hit that lid so many times that they became conditioned to think that they couldn't get out. Even though the lid was off, they didn't even try!

Sometimes, like these fleas and because of the environment we're in, we've become conditioned to think, "I can't do anything great; I'll never accomplish a dream; I'll never get back into shape." It may not have happened in the past. You may have tried and hit that lid a few times, but the lid is coming off! It's time to try again. You were not created to live contained, to get stuck. Recondition your mind. 

Today, take the limits off! It's time for you to try again. You have so much potential. Break out of that box. It's a new day, and you are equipped for greatness. You were born for such a time as this. God has created you to be a light shining on a hill. He wants people to see you and what He's done in your life so that it brings Him glory. He wants to draw people to Himself through you. If you've been down, get back up. Press forward because it's time for you to break free and embrace all that He has in store for you!

"Now I will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away." (Nahum 1:13, NIV)
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