Pressing the Envelope of Possibility

How many times in your own life have you been held back by the limitation of what you consider to be possible?

I’m afraid it may happen far more than we realize. So many times in our lives what we end up accomplishing is determined not by the horizon of what is truly possible but by the diminished vision of what has been done before.

Let me give you a real-life example…

It wasn’t until 1852 that records were kept for the running of the mile. Over the years, though the pace inched faster, there was a long-standing debate as to whether or not it was humanly possible to run a mile in less than four minutes. In all of recorded history it had never been accomplished. In 1945 a Swede by the name of Gunder Hagg came within 1.4 seconds, but then for the next ten years, no matter how many tried, no one could break through. A decade of futile attempts only increased the mystique of the barrier that seemed impossible to break.

But then one blustery afternoon in Oxford, England – May 6, 1954, a twenty-five year old medical student by the name of Roger Bannister ran what was dubbed “The Miracle Mile”. He crossed the finish line in an unbelievable 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. In over a century, not one person, not one time had been able to break through that barrier.

Can you guess how long it took before the four-minute mark was broken again?

Exactly 46 days!

Just a month and a half later, Australian John Landy ran it in 3:58. Within two years, fifty more runners around the world had accomplished the same. Today there are thousands who have broken through the once-seemingly-impossible barrier.

There was a powerful mental limitation on what was believed possible, and until someone broke through – it greatly limited what could be accomplished.

What happens in sports, happens every day in life. Often times we end up being held back by a limited conception of the possible. We cannot build with creativity or dream with abandon, because we cannot conceive that it actually could happen.
–  We settle for a false ceiling of what we’ve seen someone else do
–  We live within the small possibility of what we’ve been told we can do.

People of faith should be the first to affirm that absolutely anything can happen. The Bible unapologetically says that “NOTHING is IMPOSSIBLE with God.” When God is in the equation, that means all bets are off!

Ephesians 3:20-21 says it like this:

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish INFINITELY MORE than we might ask or think. Glory to Him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”

What a waste of our God-given days to live timid and lukewarm lives because we are existing within the confines of the way it’s always been!

I was just hoping to remind you today
that just because it’s always been a certain way, doesn’t mean it always has to be a certain way.

Whatever you can ask for…
Whatever you can imagine…
If it is according to God’s heart and purposes…He can do BIGGER than that.