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You Are Uncontainable
By Joel Osteen - Oct 20, 2010
I saw a report on television not too long ago about a young girl who had severe Autism. Her name is Carly. For years, she had never spoken a word or communicated in any way. It looked as if she were mentally retarded. All through the day, she would flail her arms and have uncontrollable fits. At seven years old, the authorities tried to talk her parents into putting her in a special home. They said, "She's never going to get any better. She doesn't even comprehend the love that you're showing much less what you're constantly saying to her." Her parents wouldn't hear of it. They just kept loving her, training her and speaking faith into her.

One day out of the blue at eleven years old, Carly sat down at the computer and typed these words, "I have Autism, but this is not who I am. Take time to know me before you judge me. I am smart, cute and funny, and I love to have fun." At that point, the parents realized Carly was in there. She just hadn't found a way to communicate before. Later she typed, "Dad, thank you for believing in me. I know I'm not the easiest child in the world to love, but you are always there for me to pick me up when I fall." The father said those words were worth every frustration and every sleepless night. They even discovered that Carly has a sense of humor. When asked about her little brother, she sat down and typed, "Matthew smells so bad even skunks run and hide." Today at fourteen, Carly is still amazing people everywhere. She's in the process of writing her first novel. Even though she still has severe Autism, still confined to a body that doesn't function normally, she cannot be contained. Nothing will stop her from fulfilling her destiny.

Today, I'm asking you to get rid of any excuses that would try to hold you back. Quit thinking, "I'm not talented enough. I've made too many mistakes. I've got this handicap." No, you are a barrier breaker. You are uncontainable. God wants to use you to influence others. If Carly can do it, you can do it. Unlock the seeds of greatness within you.

Those seeds are waiting to take root and flourish. And know this, right now, God is breathing in your direction. Vision is increasing. Faith is rising. Dreams are coming back to life. You have not seen your best days. You may have had some victories in your past, but what God has in store in your future will supersede anything you could even imagine. Keep pressing forward, keep stretching your faith and believing for bigger things because God is going to pour out His favor in unprecedented ways!
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