The other day I overheard someone say, “Well, that’s the story of my life.” It wasn’t the first time I’ve heard someone say that. Perhaps there have been times when you have heard someone say it. It’s a pretty common phrase that people use when something unpleasant happens to them.
What a defeating phrase it really is!
What just happened is the “story of my life?” Does that unpleasant event sum up your entire life? If that is what you are expecting and what you believe, then that is what is going to continue to happen in your life. But is that really the “story of your life” that you truly desire?
I wanted to talk to the person that I overheard, but there was no opportunity. As I thought about the situation for a moment or two, I realized that there are a lot of phrases, similar to, “the story of my life,” that people use all the time. In fact I can think of some phrases of defeat that I used to use in the past.
“Opportunity knocks only once.” “Well, you missed your chance.” “It’s too late now.” “That was a once in a lifetime deal.” I could list plenty more, but I think you are getting the point. Phrases like that defeat you in your mind. They reveal someone focused on defeat. In addition, if those phrases are true, then there are some very serious ramifications!
Think about it. If opportunity really “knocks only once,” for each person, then what good would it do to pray and ask God for some help? Is there no help available because “opportunity only knocks once?” No! That is simply absurd!
Suppose something really great and advantageous came along for you but then, for whatever reason, you missed it. Does that mean that there will never ever be another opportunity for you like that again for the rest of your life? Is God so limited that He can only provide one really great “deal” per person and if you miss it, it’s too bad, because you had your chance?
It sounds silly doesn’t it? But, if it is silly, then why do people say, “Opportunity only knocks once?” Perhaps they do not realize what they are saying and how it is affecting their lives.
When you really stop and think about it, God is unlimited in His resources! He is unlimited in His abilities. His love never changes and never ends! And, He has promised to supply all that you need. He has promised to give you the desires of your heart.
Part of the problem is that people have just convinced themselves that they should just settle for the way things are right now. Their negative mind set is revealed and expressed in their verbal communication by saying, “that’s the story of my life.” That’s what they say, that’s what they think, and that’s what they believe. And guess what? That’s what they receive.
It’s a good idea to consistently be aware of what you are saying in different situations. When something unpleasant comes up, what comes out of your mouth? It’s a good indication of what’s inside. And if you need to change what’s on the inside, then you can begin that process. Changing what you think and what you say will have a dynamic effect on your life.
So the next time you think that you’ve missed out on something really great, just remind yourself that it is not the last one. Remind yourself that God has an unlimited supply. Remind yourself that He will supply all that you need, and that He promised to give you the desires of your heart.
And by the way, the next time something really good happens in your life, why not stop for a second or two and tell yourself, “Well, that’s the story of my life!” Get in the habit of thinking and saying that as a reaction to positives instead of negatives. As you believe it, you will receive it, and it will be the story of your life.