father and I are into the series of messages I Am! I Can! I Will! I Believe! ¡K and last week I began with
the first affirmation, "I Am!" Today I¡¦m
continuing with the second affirmation "I Can!"
These four affirmations are the four themes in a little
book that my father has written entitled, "If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It."
It¡¦s a small book, but holds tremendous power for you.
It¡¦s available only here at this ministry on our website
You Can Dream It, You Can Do It!
know that if you can dream it, then it must be possible
because God would not give us dreams unless
they are realistic.
The possibility is there to make your dream happen ¡K
somehow ¡Ksomeway. To believe that your dream can happen,
begins with the understanding of who you are. That is why
we begin with the very first affirmation, "I Am."
You can find the message of this first affirmation on our
website and get caught up so you¡¦re not left behind.
Because you need that foundation of knowing who you are
as a person. Until you understand that you are a child of
God, empowered and strengthened in Jesus Christ to be able
to do His will, you¡¦ll still be limited in the thought
process of your own physical power instead of God¡¦s
limitless power of spiritual reality. The "I Am" determines the "I
I¡¦ve written an acronym for "I Can" ¡K
and it¡¦s easy to remember.
that simple. "I Can!" means I¡¦m going to
choose the attitude that¡¦s positive right now. When
the right attitude comes, the choices are simple and success
happens, but it begins by making a choice. Now choices are
not always simple to make, the best choices in life are
always ones that are more difficult, and the ones that come
from God are usually impossible! But when we choose the
difficult dream we find ourselves climbing the mountain
and accomplishing the achievements that God has for us.
Breashears is a possibility thinker. He is a mountaineer
and a filmmaker who in 1985 become the second American in
history to ever ascend Mt. Everest. On that ascent, as a
filmmaker, he carried with him a camera for a live ABC sports
broadcast from the top of Mt. Everest and for that incredible
achievement he received an Emmy Award.
1998 I met David Breashears and heard him speak. He said,
"Only two years ago the film department of IMAX came
to me and asked me to take an IMAX camera to the top of
Mt. Everest. That is 29,029 feet high. I looked at that
camera and said, ¡¥It¡¦s impossible.¡¦ You have
to realize that when we made our last descent we cut out
all the labels in our clothing to lessen the weight. When
I weighed that pile of labels, they only weighed a half
a pound. And here the IMAX people came to me with an 80
pound camera to take to the summit. I said, without question,
¡¥It¡¦s impossible!¡¦ Ninety seconds worth of
film weighs five pounds" ¡K and the list goes on
and on and on as to why it was impossible.
as the great philosopher, Whitehead said, "The great
dreams of great dreamers are never fulfilled, they are always
transcended." When David Breashears began to think
how maybe it might be possible ¡K maybe somehow ¡K someway
¡K I can get that camera to the summit ... that started
to change everything. When we begin to think possibilities
and dare to face the impossible, "maybe we could do
this ¡K or maybe we could do that." suddenly the
impossible becomes possible!
took two years for David Breashears and his team to be able
to reduce that 80 pound camera to 35 pounds. They were then
able to figure out ways to outfit the camera so it could
function at sub temperatures. It gets 30-40 degrees below
zero on the summit and the camera cannot freeze or it will
not be able to function. Next question ¡K how do you operate
a camera with thick gloves? Answer ¡K large knobs were
made so thick gloves could turn and adjust the lens of the
camera. It was an amazing accomplishment. In 1996 this possibility
team of mountain climbers began their ascent up that incredible
have to realize that Mt. Everest, at the height of 29,029
feet is 3,000 feet above the "death zone." The
reason they call it the "death zone" is that at
26,000 feet the air is so thin it is impossible for the
human being to get enough oxygen out of the air to live.
So as soon as you cross that 26,000 foot elevation point,
your body starts to die. In spite of that, David Breashears'
team continued to climb as they carried that camera to the
summit. If you¡¦ve never seen the IMAX film "Mt.
Everest" I want to highly encourage you to go and to
see that film. It is a fabulous film.
CAN. Choose the positive Attitude Now. That¡¦s what
David Breashears did. He chose to make a decision not based
on what was easy and simple. No, he decided to choose
how to create the possible out of the impossible.
CAN ¡V Choose your Attitude Now
you think you¡¦re beaten, you are.
you think you dare not, you don¡¦t.
you¡¦d like to win but think you can¡¦t,
almost for sure you won¡¦t.
you think you¡¦re losing, you¡¦re lost.
all in the state of mind.
battles don¡¦t always go
the one with the better plan,
more often than not,
will win if you think you can."
the positive Attitude Now, I think I can ¡K I think I
can ¡K I think I can! We have to remember that we live
in America and what does America have? It has Amer-i-cans
¡K not Amer-i-cant¡¦s. We are Amer-i-cans. Remember
will come, especially if you¡¦re thinking big thoughts
and big dreams. Yes, problems will come. In fact, if you
don¡¦t have any problems, that¡¦s your problem!
Problems will come and as they come, choose the attitude
that you have the ability to face the challenges and to
say "I am!" ¡K "I can!"
¡K and "I will!"
was Henry Ford who said, "If you think you can do a
thing, or if you thank you can¡¦t do a thing, you¡¦re
the positive Attitude Now. If you can dream it, you can do it. But there are times when you say, "I¡¦m
just not making the progress I need to make" ¡K "I¡¦m
just not moving fast enough" ¡K "It¡¦s not
going to happen." It is then we need to be reminded
to never ¡K never ¡K never give up ¡K but keep on
going even though it seems slow. Remember the snail. When
the snail gets a ride on the turtle¡¦s back, what does
he say? "Wheeeeeee!"
someway you¡¦re going to get through the challenges
and the struggles. You will succeed. You can succeed. I¡¦m
thinking of a young lady who was given a tee-shirt when
she was a young 8th grade student. The tee-shirt read: "I can do all things through
Christ who strengthens me." And that tee-shirt became her favorite.
She was a gymnast. She had as her goal to become a world-class
gymnast so she trained and worked hard. She did everything
she could to succeed as a gymnast. But by the time she was
15 it became pretty apparent that she was going to be too
tall, so she wouldn¡¦t have the right moves to be a
gymnast. It looked like her dreams were never going to materialize.
someone suggested maybe she should try diving. She tried
diving and she excelled. She did really well. By the time
she got to college, guess what? She became a National Champion.
Then she had a big new dream to try out for the Olympics,
the 2000 Sydney games. But three months before the Olympic
game try-outs, she broke her foot. She was doing some simple
warm ups and she broke her foot in three places. So for
two out of three months all she could do was visualize.
She could only practice in her mind doing the summersaults,
the back flips and taking her jumps off the 10 meter board.
That is all she could do those months while her foot was
healing. She would visualize her diving techniques and she
would visualize how she was going to succeed! Now that¡¦s
what I call "slow." But "I can" means
"Choose the positive Attitude Now." Do whatever
you can do. Even if it¡¦s only in your mind, thinking positive thoughts and imagining and realizing
that ¡K "Yes, I can see myself winning." ¡K
"I can see myself as a success."
tried out for the Olympics and she made the team. Her foot
was very sore because she need surgery to correct the bones
in her foot, but if she had the surgery there was no way
she could compete in the Olympics. Instead she made the
choice to have a special shoe made so she could climb the
ladder for her dives. The 10 meters platform, which is the
height of a three story building, (diving is an extremely
dangerous sport) was very painful for her to climb, but
she did very well. Then she found herself in the final competition
in Sydney, Australia in 8th place. She had a long way to
go before she could succeed, but she spent two months picturing
in her mind exactly what she was going to do in the Olympics.
She practiced the only way she could practice. When it came
time for her to dive, her dive was flawless. And she moved
up from 8th to 7th to 5th to 3rd place. No one even had
placed her in the running because of her injury. On September
24th, 2000 in Sydney, Australia, Laura Wilkinson took the
gold medal for the United States. The first statement she
made after she won the gold as she ran up to grab her coach
was ¡K "I can do all things through Christ
who strengthens me!" And Laura Wilkinson took the gold!
4:13 ¡K write it down ¡K keep
it in your mind ¡K buy a tee-shirt for your 8th grader
can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
CAN!" Choose your Attitude Now and you will.
was May 23rd, 1996 when David Breashears reached the summit
of Mt. Everest and radioed the camp, saying, "I cannot
go any further. From where we are now, it is down hill in
all directions! We can¡¦t go any further now!"
day will come where there is no more sunset and no dawning,
when we stand before our Maker, Jesus Christ, and we¡¦ll
be able to stand on the incredible mountain peak of life
and we can say then and only then, "I cannot go any
you, Lord, for the exciting ideas You are waiting to send
into my thinking mind. I would explode with enthusiasm if
I could think of all the positive thoughts waiting to come
out of my God-inspired brain. Amen