One day Erosa and I were working around the house doing our regular weekend chores when she said “I can’t” concerning something and I came back with the answer “Put your can’t in a can!” and we both paused and said “We need to write that down!” There are already so many books, films, and teachings concerning the fact that we can do anything we put our minds to. I have seen many movies where people rose above adversity to accomplish greatness simply because they didn’t give up and didn’t buy into the thought that they can’t do something.

As children we read books where a little train said “I think I can, I think I can” and we are taught that if we think we can then we absolutely can. We read Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach where a bird flies to heights no one could have imagined but he learns that if you don’t believe what your eyes are telling you but rather look with your understanding you can fly higher and see farther than anyone else. We read the Bible and learn the teachings of Jesus where we are taught that we can do all things through Christ. We hear it yet we haven’t mastered the application of these teachings. Why? Is it because we are taught mixed messages? While we are reading books like “The Little Engine That Could” someone is telling us we are too lazy or too stupid to do anything right. Do parents, siblings, teachers, and the media tell us that if we don’t look or act a certain way then we won’t amount to anything? I know that if we are double minded, if we believe conflicting messages about ourselves then we cannot come into either point of view.