FLIP THE SWITCH, what does that make you think of?
A light switch, a power switch?
You’re right, that is where most of us go to when we hear that.
When we FLIP THE SWITCH and send power, what happens? The light comes on. We can now see where we are at; we are no longer stumbling in the dark. If it is a power switch, then whatever it is connected to can now operate. Flipping the switch can hold a multitude of uses.
What I propose, is to have you start thinking about is FLIPPING THE SWITCH on your belief! When we FLIP THE SWITCH on our belief in ourselves, it works the same as the light bulb. There is no more stumbling in the dark, our purpose becomes clear and visible. The path for our life is bright and the futrue becomes visible, our path is lighted!
Most of us fall short of obtaining our potential because of a lack of belief. A lack of belief in ourselves, the process, others in our team, or who knows what other “Limiting Beliefs” we have. We have become so accustomed to having our “imperfections” drummed into us, yet, until we FLIP THE SWITCH on our BELIEF in ourselves, that we can accomplish anything we set our mind to, our life will not change!
Dr. Wayne Dyers was quoted, “When we look at the way we look at things, the things we look at will change.” FLIPPING THE SWITCH on your belief can be this change. This light can cast a different light on your life.
When I researched the definition of belief here is what I found:
- a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing.
- something believed; especially : a tenet or body of tenets held by a group.
- conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence.
Nowhere in the definition is there a positive or negative, it is just belief! A positive belief can inspire us to reach great heights or if it is a limiting belief it can stop us, in some cases, can even stop us from trying.
Sometimes we have to see, feel and touch something before we believe it. This is where faith comes into being alongside belief. We must have faith that what we believe, we can accomplish.
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Let me relate a story about Thomas Edison. Edison was a dreamer, someone who didn’t know the word failure. He had been unsuccessful over 1100 times to create the incandescent light bulb.
After he was successful, many people still did not even believe in the electricity it would take to power this “Great Invention.”
Many people told him he couldn’t succeed and to give up, but he didn’t! He believed and had faith that he could invent a product that was safer than the gas lamps and other forms of lighting currently being used.
There were three men who themselves and others consider as “experts” and “wise.” One dark night these men were invited to the Edison Electric Company to see a demonstration of the electric power and the light bulb.
It was very widely known that these three men were very skeptical about the “reality” of electricity. They denied it’s existence because they could not see it with their own eyes. These men were rationalists, or sometimes we call them realists. They were not dreamers, they could not even fathom something they could not see…..it was their belief.
As they entered the dark room they were met by a representative of Edison Electric. As they looked around the room they saw a table with a small candle, a light bulb and a leather bound book. This book was called The Owner’s Manual and it was published by the Edison Company. The representative explained that the light bulb had the power to illuminate a large area and all it took was a flip of the switch.
He further went on to explain how electricity was a modern marvel and to see it demonstrated, all they had to do was FLIP THE SWITCH. They would be amazed how it would light up the entire room. He told them the manual on the table would give them further instructions. He then left the room.
All the men needed to do was FLIP THE SWITCH to be able to “see” the power of electricity. Instead, they sat down and started to cynically look over the manual.
This manual was a biographical sketch of the inventor Thomas Edison. The book also contained chapters on:
- Positions of the switch.
- Background on how electricity was discovered.
- Pictures of dams and other hydroelectric processes that could turn moving water into power.
- Diagrams of copper wiring and magnets.
- Explanations of how electrical wiring carried the power to homes and businesses.
- Illustrations of electrical sockets, power cords and other accessories.
As they continued to read, it was as if the lamp on the table was not even there, it did not exist to them…..all they had to do was FLIP THE SWITCH to see the power in action. As they read, they just kept saying “I don’t believe it exists.” “I’ve never seen it. How can something invisible produce light?”
The book detailed how Edison had invented the light bulb, they didn’t agree. The book talked about his wife Mary, and they knew his wife’s name was Mina. They continued to find all the “discrepancies” that would discredit this man, this Genius! As they saw it, the owner’s manual was filled with mistakes and lies. Therefore this marvel could not be true, could not exist!
The men closed the book and stepped out of the room without ever Flipping The Switch to see electricity.
You may ask what does that have to do with me? Ask yourself, do you gather evidence to support your greatness or your limitations? Do you blame others and circumstances or do you have total faith and belief in yourself, in your greatness, perfection and wholeness.
Socrates once said “The quality of person’s life will be in direct proportion to the quality of questions he is willing to ask himself.” Lets ask ourselves a few questions:
ASK YOURSELF: What do I believe about me?
ASK YOURSELF: Who do I believe myself to be?
ASK YOURSELF: What do I believe that limits me from taking action?
ASK YOURSELF: What can I do RIGHT NOW to change that belief? How can I FLIP THE SWITCH?
Please share with us how you are FLIPPING THE SWITCH in your life on your belief.
As you read this, TODAY, RIGHT NOW can be one of those DECISION POINTS. Today can be the day you discover your potential. Today can be the day you spread your wings and start SOARING! All it takes is DEFINING the VISION, DISCIPLINING the FOCUS and ACHIEVING POSITIVE LEGACY!
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Special thanks to Ray Comfort and the inspiration for this post from his book “How to Know God Exists”