Oliver Wendell Holmes noted: ‘man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions’…..
Once you’ve been enlightened by a new insight, do you ever want to go back to the dark? Of course you do! Why? There’s more responsibility in the light. Picture it this way: You’re walking through your house, barefooted and in the dark. You find a Lego… You could have turned on the light when you entered the room but you didn’t. Why? You would see the Lego and you would be compelled to pick it up and all the other toys and booby traps your 6 year old had left for you. You don’t want to clean; it’s 2 AM. So you leave the lights off and hope you don’t step on anything. You want to avoid the responsibility you feel when you are in the light. Why do a great many crimes happen in the dark? Dark brings fear. Dark brings cover. Dark protects the bad.
There are dark corners of your mind. Places you don’t want to see. When you receive an insight, you shine light into those corners. It’s those secret thoughts: I’m not smart enough, I’m not pretty enough, I don’t have time, I’m too tired, I don’t want to go to another seminar. These secret thoughts, if brought to light, make you responsible for them. You have to exorcise them or suffer the consequences. Or…you turn off the light. The thing is, once you know Legos are on the floor, you walk differently to avoid them. You don’t go back to the switch and turn it on. But now you are aware of them, that means the next day, when the light comes in the room, you must clean them up or deal with them. You can avoid going into that room saying, “I have way too much work to do to worry about Legos!” You can assign the duty, “Joey, I told you that you have to clean up your toys when you’re done!” Joey doesn’t want to go to that room either. Awareness of these dark corners in your mind make you responsible for them. Just like the awareness of the Legos on the floor now nags at you to address the problem so does this awareness of these dark thoughts.
Just like Oliver Wendell Holmes said, your mind is now stretched because it found a new corner. It cannot go back to believing the corner doesn’t exist now. David was contemplating that when he wrote Psalm 139. As David could not hide from God, so your thoughts cannot hide from you. Your self limiting thoughts no longer apply because you have within you the ability to flush these thoughts into the light and recognize they have no power over you. “I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” You have been created perfectly for God’s plan. You are the exact fit. Whatever God has designed you to do, you can do. He puts the desire in your heart. You have every tool you need to accomplish the goals you set. Once you KNOW that, you can’t go back to feeling inadequate to the task. Once you KNOW that, you can’t feel inferior and therefore unworthy for great rewards. God will provide you with the tools and information you need to do His work. His work might be plumbing! His work might be working with Boy/Girl Scouts. His work might be bandaging a scraped knee and making mac and cheese. His work might be designing and sending a rocket to Mars. His work might be more than what you’re doing right now. If you’re limiting yourself because you think you can’t, that you don’t have what it takes to be the person you desire to be and to do the work you wish to do, show some light on that thought. Realize that you have exactly what you need to accomplish what you want to do. Realize means to MAKE REAL. Then “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good deeds (read living up to your potential) and praise God, ” Matthew 5:16. Because once you shine that light on yourself, it glows and shines the light bright enough that others can see their own potential in you. They think, “I could do that!”
Go ahead. Stretch your mind. Become aware of your self limiting thoughts and then, with God’s help, you can say, “There is no limit on me because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…”