Dream: You Are Capable


Throw away the list of reasons you can’t do what you were born to do. You are capable because God is able.

Do you have a dream for your life? I have the opportunity to live my dream by a request to perform poetry on the radio! It’s no coincidence that I am reading about Jeremiah before my day to speak. Jeremiah was called by God to speak to nations and kingdoms. You might think Jeremiah felt equipped as soon as God spoke over him. Actually, similar to many people God used, Jeremiah replied to God with one of the reasons he didn’t feel qualified. Jeremiah lacked the confidence to speak. Jeremiah says, “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to Jeremiah, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched Jeremiah’s mouth and said to him, “I have put my words in your mouth.  See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” -Jeremiah 1:6-10                       

It’s so easy for me to respond like Jeremiah to an opportunity to perform poetry on the radio! Yet, I truly believe this opportunity is part of my calling. Therefore, it’s my responsibility to trust God with the outcome. God will work on my behalf and open up doors that no man can shut because He loves me. On many days, I do feel empowered, anointed, set apart by God to do what He’s called me to do. I feel encouraged and I often pray bold prayers. I pray with expectation as a way of activating my faith. Although I pray bold prayers, I am still surprised when I get a bold outcome (like being on the radio).          

Do you have a gift you want to pursue? Do you have a purpose to fulfill? I dare you to pray bold prayers. Don’t be timid. God delights in you as you ask Him for what you need. Don’t put a limit on God’s promises. God has so much good he wants to give to you!  Take God out of the box! Pray through your impossibilities and call them possible.

We all feel doubt sometimes and respond like Jeremiah to God’s call on our lives. Have you ever responded to God’s call with one of the phrases below?

God can’t fulfill a dream or purpose through me because…

  • I’m not smart enough.
  • I’m not pretty enough.
  • I’m not organized enough.
  • I’m not outgoing or an extrovert.
  • I have a terrible past.
  • I have a long history of previous failures.
  • I don’t have enough money.
  • I don’t have enough time.
  • I’m scared of what other people might think of me.
  • I struggle with anxiety and fear.
  • I’m afraid of success.
  • I’m afraid of failure.

I’d encourage you to not let doubt and fear cripple you to the point where you think God can’t use you. He definitely can. Guess what? It takes broken cracks to get the light in. Your weaknesses might be the specific thing God uses to fulfill His purpose in your life. Don’t let the enemy stop you with lies. Imperfections are normal.

We all have parts of our character that need an adjustment, and God doesn’t get any glory from perfect people. It’s often the people with broken hearts that understand how to have compassion and grace for other people. Take heart and courage. Throw away that list of reasons you can’t do what you were born to do. You are capable because God is able. Surprise yourself and go into the world and shine bright.



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