Updated: May 15
Yesterday, I was in a conversation with a coworker. I noticed his tattoo and inquired about it. He showed his tattoos. On one arm the tattoo read Philippians 4.13. The other arm read, "I can do all things through Christ. The conversation continued to other topics. Then there was a moment where he was sharing several things he could not do. "I can't do this, and I can't do that. I can't... I can't... I can't..."
I responded, "Yes you can".
Coworker, "No I can't"
Me: Yes you can
Coworker: No I can't
Me; Yes you can
Coworker: No I can't
Me: Uh, yes you can. What does your arm say?
Coworker: Oh (laugh)
Object lesson here: God's word will impact one‘s life when it is tattooed on one's heart and mind. Belief in your heart is the prerequisite to the salvation of the soul. Belief is the conduit of all things considered and from where the issues of life flow.
Proverbs 23.7 tells us that how we think in our hearts is what we are. So to change and become what we desire, we must cultivate the ground of our hearts As a visions coach, I teach people how to visualize and get the results they desire. My job is to help people change the images in their head through visualization that will attract their desired future. Visualization is using the imagination to embrace and internalize the desire until it materializes. You actually see it before you see it. You inhabit the place before you are physically there. Walt Disney saw Disney world before it was ever built. Martin Luther King spoke of his dreams that he saw clearly. The bible speaks of faith which is the substance of things we hope for and it is the evidence , the proof of what is not seen in the natural. Visualization causes one to live in and become the future before it actually exists. Everything is created twice. First in the spirit, our imagination then in the natural. Everything we use and experience in technology began in visualization and imagination. Imagination is our superpower. If my friend with the tattoo imagined himself with the capability of fulfilling the principle stated in Philippians 4.13, the word "Can't" would not have been used so frequently. Actually, many misinterpret this scripture. People apply it to performing a particular task or an undaunting project. However, Paul is speaking of a specific state of mind. Let's look at it closely.
In context, Philippians 4, verse 11 reads "... for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
So what is Paul saying here? Overall he is saying he knows how to adjust in all areas of life. I summarize this scripture for my self with one statement. "I have phenomenal coping skills". Yes, this declaration for me has done wonders for my life. I am able to adjust to almost any situation. While others make mountains out of mole hills and become stressed over any and everything in life, this mindset helps me to maintain peace of mind. God's Peace that passes all understanding, which is also explained in Philippians 4.6. This capability is placed inside every believer. It is our duty and to our benefit to cultivate it until it overshadows our soul and spirit and we can enjoy the many blessings attached to it. I ask you today, what scripture do you have tattooed on your heart? Will you allow it to impact every aspect of your life that will produce results? Let's commit to applying God's word daily as we continue to grow and mature in the blessings of the Father.