Statute of Limitations

Okay, so this post doesn’t actually have anything to do with the statute of limitations in the legal sense–I just thought it was a clever title. You’ve been punked. I apologize :] Seriously though, I’ve been thinking about something I learned when I was in college–that being that I can do anything I have to. There are certain things, like public speaking, that I would consider nearly impossible for me to do. I’ll cry or pass out or die on stage I tell myself, but then I’m faced with a situation where I absolutely have to do what I think will make cry or die and it turns out, I live.

I had to take two public speaking classes in college, one my freshmen year and the other my senior year. I had two choices: Take and pass both classes or don’t graduate from college. So, I took both classes (and somehow got a good grade in both) and graduated. Before I went to college, I would have told myself  public speaking was something I would never and could never do–but I did it, because I had to.

Take it up a notch–public speaking in a foreign language, eek. I was also required to take four semesters of a foreign language in college, and to make sure we all wanted to kill ourselves by the end, we were required to give presentations and speeches in that language in front of class. I’m not going to say I earned a good grade on this one–I just passed somehow, but I did what I otherwise  would have sworn impossible, what I would have run from had I not been forced to do it.

Even though overcoming fear and facing difficulties didn’t earn me any college credit per se, it was still one of the most important lessons I learned in school; it’s a lesson I have fallen back on many times since then. Learning to do what I normally wouldn’t have has shown me how brave and determined I can be and it’s shown me an inner strength I never would have recognized had I run from intimidating situations instead of standing my ground and accomplishing my goals.

In life, there are sure to be situations where you have to cross a bridge to reach a goal. You will have two choices: Face your fear and achieve or give into fear and lose your dream–there will be no shortcuts, tricks, or any way around it. When you face these situations, I hope you stand your ground. You will be amazed by how much courage you will have for the next task when you can look back at a previous obstacle you’ve overcome and can remind yourself, “If I got through that, then I can get through this too.”

I believe that each situation I face in life is used by God to change me and prepare me for future tasks and situations. If I refuse to do something I know I should, I will not learn the lessons and gain the courage I need for the next task. In backing down to fear, I start limiting myself and my ability to face greater and greater fears and responsibilities. I don’t know what waits for me down the road–will I lose someone I love, will I be injured, will I face financial difficulty? I don’t know. All I know today is I must face my fear and grow to prepare myself for tomorrow’s challenges–whatever they are.

17 thoughts on “Statute of Limitations

  1. “Learning to do what I normally wouldn’t have has shown me how brave and determined I can be and it’s shown me an inner strength I never would have recognized had I run from intimidating situations instead of standing my ground and accomplishing my goals.”

    I’ve not finished reading yet, but this struck me. We go on about learning from others when it is our moments of strength that teach us of the most important thing – the Power that is within us.

    Thank you!

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  2. thank you so much for the reminder! I was stressing hard today about school finances…my fear around this would eat me alive if I didn’t take the time to breathe…posts like yours ground me and re-focus my head 🙂

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  3. My grandmother told me that the man upstairs gives you challenges to help you grow and gain life experiences. I sometimes feel like running the other way, but usually go at it head on. Thanks for sharing and Have a Great Day:)

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  4. Hi Kari 🙂 These are great thoughts and insights. I always joke with God and say that class is in session b/c He is always teaching me something. Whenever I feel how hard it is, I know I must be graduating to a new level or starting to learn something new. Your post reminds me of this passage in Scripture:
    “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
    God really does use everything for good in the lives of those who love Him (Rom. 8:28). That is so important to remember when things are hard and we are afraid.
    Thanks again for a great post! May the Lord keep you tucked under His wing and may His love give you confidence and courage as you go forwardly boldly to do His will! I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
    Your sister in Him~
    Natalie

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  5. I was fooled! 🙂 on a serious note though, your post says a lot, and it’s very true. I’ve had a stutter most of my life and even though I watched Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam like it was the Cosby’s, I never thought I’d go on stage and do spoken word. Well, not I’m a regular at local poetry slams. I still feel like I might have a heart attack just before I go on, pretty much everytime, but that feeling makes it feel alive; I know I’m living.

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