LeeAdianez Rodriguez is a 12-year-old girl from New York, and her actions in a recent race are the epitome of “pressing on and going the extra mile.” LeeAdianez was registered for a 5K race, but ended up running a half marathon. About halfway through the course, she realized she was running with the wrong group. Instead of quitting, she decided to run the 10 extra miles and finish the race.
When I read this story, I wondered why this was the first time LeeAdianez had competed at this level:
- Had her parents denied her permission?
- Was it because her coach told her she was unprepared?
- Did she doubt her ability?
A person can limit himself by doubting his ability and sometimes we limit God because of a lack of faith. A little mind-shift in your cognitive approach to life is a step in the right direction, and it will help if you will:
Recognize that doubting is normal:
- There were times in the life of Abraham when this man of incredible faith doubted. In each of these instances, he was focused more on his personal strength and ability than he was on the powerful promises of God.
- When in doubt, zoom out. Make God your point of focus: “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you (Deuteronomy 31:6).”
Recognize the value of good friends and good principles:
- Instead of doubting your faith, try doubting your doubts.
- Assess your recent resources for news and information. Have you surrounded yourself with doubters and skeptics or people of faith? “In the same way that iron sharpens iron, a person sharpens the character of his friend (Proverbs 27:17).”
- Are you propping yourself up with false reasoning or trusting God? “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil ( Proverbs 3:5-7).”
Recognize that absolute certainty is an unreasonable expectation:
- You will never have full and complete knowledge about everything. The quest to know more is the fuel that energizes honest research.
- Just because you cannot know everything there is to know about God, doesn’t mean that you should limit yourself in seeking to know more about Him.
Recognize that not understanding is different than not believing.
- While you may limit yourself because you don’t believe in your potential, don’t limit God by trying to constrain Him with a finite mind of rigid boundaries.
- When the Israelites left Egypt, they thought the trip to the Promised Land was going to be an easy sprint; but, their doubt turned it into a 40 year marathon.
Doubt is to perseverance what krypton is to Superman. Like LeeAdianez Rodriguez, you can press on when you recognize the correct message and listen to right voice—the voice of faith.