While rustling some papers around, a note fell out. On the note I had written a statement that went swimming by as I was reading. The scribbling stirred the rather small brain carried in my cranium.
“The story of the race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.” Abraham Maslow
Maslow, as with most people, was not always right, but I believe he was on top with the above musing. We all tend to limit what we can do. Times of emergency reveal that we are capable of far greater feats than imagined in normal times. We have all read of people demonstrating amazing strength when another person is in danger.
Years ago I read of a tractor trailer accident that resulted in a raging fire. The driver was trapped beneath the rig. A man of ordinary stature ran up to the truck, and amazingly lifted the truck, allowing another to pull the driver to safety. When asked “How did you find the strength to lift that huge rig?” He answered, “I hate fire.”
In times of emergency strength, courage and intellect are magnified.
Knowledgeable Christians understand that we are to be snatching souls from the fire until the trumpet sounds, thus we must act on the premise used by Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Surely, Christ’s strength in us leaves no room for selling ourselves short.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly