Be Very Careful Who You Listen To . . .

What are the people in your life telling you? Are they increasing your self-doubt or strengthening your faith? Just because people tell you something doesn't make it so. In 1492 the people surrounding Columbus thought the earth was flat. These experts looked at his travel plans and charts and said his idea was impossible. However, Columbus did not fall off the end of the earth and even went on to discover America. Thomas Edison tried to persuade Henry Ford to abandon his fledgling idea of a motorcar because he was convinced it would never work. Edison wanted Ford to come to work for him and do something worthwhile. Although Edison was a great inventor, it sounds like he was only positive about what he could do and rather pessimistic about what others could do. So the very next time you get in your car to go somewhere be glad Ford did not share Edison's negative outlook about automobiles. Don't let someone else's limited thinking limit you. Negativity is contagious, you have to pay attention if you don't want to catch it! Even if you are the only positive person in the crowd, be the one with an optimistic outlook in every situation. What we call "common knowledge" often is commonly wrong! The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes  knowledge  and understanding. Ask this question: Have the people who are telling you it can't be done factoring God into the equation? If not, pay no attention. Instead of listening to people who increase your doubts, listen to the ones who God has given wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

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