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Hairsplitting Reality

By Jennifer McClure | January 22, 2010

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Recently I took on the “impossible.” No, I didn’t scale the “Cliffs of Insanity” or develop a delicious recipe for bread that would actually cause you to lose weight. What I attempted, in fact, turned out to be impossible only in perspective, not in reality.

When I was growing up, my mom had always told me it wouldn’t work for me to have bangs all the way across my forehead. (All those disinterested in matters concerning hair, please bear with me.) Why? Because I have a cowlick near the center of my hairline. A cowlick in that location would naturally cause bangs to go in opposite directions and not lie straight down. Well, thanks to a hair dryer and insights from a friend, the impossible has easily become possible.

This might strike you as an odd analogy, but my bangs remind me that sometimes we limit ourselves by our perspectives when the reality is “all things are possible with God” (Mark 10:27, NIV; also see Matthew 19:26). And, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV). How do we know this to be reality and not just our perspective? Because Jesus said so, and He is God Incarnate. God doesn’t lie. It’s recorded in God’s Word, and God’s Word is true.

But oh how often I allow my perspective to limit me. I believe that with God all things are possible — but not when it comes to this particular situation or seeing certain individuals accept Christ as their Savior. The reality is, without God salvation for anyone is impossible. But with God, regardless of “how far gone” they may be or how many decades they’ve lived life without Him, they can make that eternally significant choice.

Perhaps there’s something in your life that you once deemed impossible but is now reality. When you find your faith lacking, perhaps the now-ordinary, once-impossible situation, accomplishment or thing can remind you to stop and separate your perspective from reality.

Give that situation to God. With Him, nothing is impossible.

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