Tuesday, January 18, 2011

throw out your expectations


        This is a picture of Vince Carter dunking over 7'2 inch Frederic Weis in the 2000 summer Olympics.  This dunk has gone down in many peoples books as the greatest dunk of all-time.  I love basketball and I loving watching great dunks, I have seen many good one's in my days of watching basketball.  This one stands out to me alot because of the fact that the man was 7'2... SEVEN FOOT TWO!!  Vince Carter is one of the greatest dunkers of all-time, but he didn't just wake up one morning and say "I am going to dunk over a 7-footer today."  It took his life up to that point of practice and work for him to be able to rise to new heights.  He truly overcame a very large obstacle!!  Vince Carter is also a great example of not putting limit's on ourselves.  Too many people think jumping over a 7 footer is an impossible feat, which is why we will never accomplish it.  But Vince, He didn't see it that way.  The sky was the limit.

       Elder Bowen, a general authority of the LDS church, spoke to us a couple months back about how we need to throw out our expectations and not limit ourselves.  He gave an example of flees and how when you put them in a container they will jump up repeatedly and hit themselves upon the ceiling of a container.  Then after a while they jump just high enough so they barely don't hit the lid of the container anymore.  Then you can take off the lid and all the flees will stay in the container by themselves.  Eventually one might throw out it's expectations and jump out of the box and slowly the rest will also. 

    We are the same way, we think that at times things are impossible and we will never be able to do it.  In this life we have expectations of what we can be, and the things we can do.  These limitations we see hold us back from our true potential.  If we could only just get rid of these expectations and see what our Father in Heaven sees in us, if we could only see our divine potential that we have.  We would be able to accomplish so many great things and bring about much good in this world.

     I think one of the biggest things that hold us back from our potential is the mindset of "oh no one can do that" or "I could never be like that, it is to difficult, even impossible." 

     I just think of the story of Roger Bannister,  before May 6, 1954 no person in history ever ran the mile in under 4 minutes.  Many people said it was physically impossible to ever do it.  But on May 6 1954 Roger Bannister became the first person to ever run a mile in under 4 minutes.  The interesting thing however is that after he did so just 46 days later his record was beaten and within that year over 5 people accomplished the feat.  So all it took was one person to set their mind to and then many others had the faith necessary to accomplish as well.

    I know that we can be that one!  if we feel something is impossible because it has never been done or we feel it is too hard, we just need to think " I will be the first."  Trust in God and in your divine nature, he has promised us that "if ye have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me" (mor. 7: 33)  May we all have trust in that promise and believe that nothing is impossible with the lord.

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