I Believe I Can Fly


What's holding you back from accomplishing God-sized goals may be nothing more than a simple case of disbelief.

On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister, a 25-year-old medical student, stepped into the runner’s starting blocks at Oxford’s Iffley Road Track outside London, England. Bannister was running against his old university for the Amateur Athletic Association.

The competition was stiff. But to everyone’s surprise, Bannister not only defeated the other runners in his heat, he also surpassed every man in history who had competed in the mile run, because he was the first man to shatter the 4-minute mile.

For years, experts thought it was humanly impossible to run a mile in less than 4 minutes—and decades of races had consistently proven their theory. So naturally, news of Bannister’s run shocked the world.

But what happened next was even more amazing.

Less than two months later, Australia’s John Landy beat Bannister’s world-record time with another sub-4-minute mile. That same year, New Zealand’s Peter Snell joined Bannister and Landy, bettering the pace even further. And in the months that followed, dozens more runners joined the sub-4 Club. It was soon commonplace to break 4-minutes.

For centuries, 4-minutes had marked the limit of human achievement, and every man who stepped onto the track bowed submissively to this common preconception. But on May 6, 1954, Bannister shattered the old myth. And in the process, he issued an invitation for runners everywhere to join him. Soon they joined him in droves. Did he introduce a new running style? A special way to train?Dietary secrets? No. Bannister simply contributed the one thing that had been missing all those years: belief. Once they saw it done, they had no choice but to believe it could be done. And if Bannister could do it, so could they.

Bannister’s contemporaries were limited by one thing: their level of belief. They desired to break the 4-minute mile, and they were clearly capable—but only when they believed it could be done did they succeed. The same principle applies to you. Your level of belief is often the only thing that holds you where you are.

To reach your full potential, you must raise the level of what you believe is possible with God. Don’t let unbelief limit you. It is a stumbling block and a hindrance to discovering all that God has in store for you. People tend to think small; God thinks big. As a result, God may want to do more through your life than you realize or imagine—and if you set your sights on something less, you could miss it.

Do you think God desires a mundane existence for you? Or do you believe He wants you to accomplish great things for Him while on the earth? If you are a parent, do you want your children to live uninspired lives? How much more does your Father God desire for you!

If God revealed what He would like to do in your life and through you, how would you react? Would you be excited to meet God’s vision with enthusiasm and belief? Or would you react with fear, uncertainty and doubt? Now is the time to dream BIG for how God can use you so that you can accomplish great things for Him.

Questions for Reflection

Do you believe God wants you to accomplish great things for Him? If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you want to accomplish in your life? What would you attempt that would be so BIG that you could only accomplish it if God showed up as your partner?

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