I Can't, I Don't, I Won't

These three words, “I can’t,” “I don’t,” and “I won’t,” are words that keep people from reaching their potential.

Only God Himself knows how different this world would be if people had not overcome such an attitude, and lived up to their potential.

What if Michelangelo said, “I don’t do ceilings?” What if David  said, “I don’t do giants?” What if George Washington had said, “I don’t do revolutions?” Or what if Paul had said, “I don’t do mission work?” And what if Jesus would have said, “I don’t do crosses?”

We have all benefited from people who chose not to say, “I can’t,” “I won’t,” and “I don’t.”

Author Bob Buford says, “The first half of life has to do with getting and gaining, learning and earning. The second half is more risky because it has to do with living beyond the immediate.”

Acts 2:17 speaks of those who “see visions and dream dreams.”

“Vision” means “to gaze with eyes wide-open at something remarkable.”

To “dream dreams” means “to receive a message from God under divine inspiration.”

Such a life refuses to be deterred, because those who see the invisible can to do the impossible.

Many years ago, a woman sat in the classroom at Columbia Bible College, South Carolina, doing the same things as her companions. If someone had told her that God had selected her as His instrument to bring the elements of the gospel to people in all parts of the world in more than two thousand five hundred languages and dialects, she would have laughed, as did Sarah, Abraham’s wife.

It was impossible, for she only knew two or three languages. Yet, that was God’s plan for Joy Ridderhoff. Through her vision, faith, and dedication, she did just that through the gramophone records of Gospel Recordings, Inc.

“If a man for whatever reason has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself” (Jacques Cousteau, famous French explorer).

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center