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Sunday Message for June 24, 2018

ARE YOU WILLING TO ACCEPT THE IMPOSSIBLE?

This month, we are moving from the consciousness of SURVIVING (Why Me??!) through the consciousness of STRIVING (By Me) into the consciousness of THRIVING (Through Me and As Me). Thriving defined in a nutshell: Being the vehicle through which God fully expresses on this earth plain, and the vehicle through which the impossible becomes possible.

Once we rise above our Striving Strategies and once we experience the freedom of true surrender -- as we've discussed the last few weeks -- then we are ready to move into the place of creating that which previously seemed impossible.

So, the question of the morning is this: Are you willing to accept the possibility that the impossible just might be possible?

We often spout off a scripture: With God all things are possible. But do we really believe it??!
Are you willing to say and mean the words:
With God, all things are possible.
Or better yet --
Through God, all things are possible.
Or even better --
AS God, all things are possible.

Wow! Now that's powerful! Are you willing to accept the possibility that that is actually true?!

Or will you be like the disbelieving priest who was stopped by a police officer for speeding? The police officer immediately smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed a wine bottle on the floor of the car. He asks, "Sir, have you been drinking?"

The priest replies, "Just water, officer." "Then, why do I smell wine?" the officer asks.

The minister looks down at the bottle and exclaims with utter disbelief, "Good Lord, He's done it again!"

Henry Ford once said: "I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to NOT know what CAN'T be done"a.

The past few weeks have been preparing us to have an infinite capacity to NOT know what CAN'T be done! The work we have done sets us up for today and next week.

Why was it important to do all of that? Why couldn't we just jump right into creating the impossible? The Universe works through a Divine Law which, to use Ernest Holmes' words: ". . . takes the direct impress of our thoughts and acts upon it."b

Our job is to give the Law clear directions. The work of the past weeks as been like clearing the forest so that we have a clean pathway to create the impossible -- so that we give the Law clear directions! Or we could say that the past few weeks we have laid the foundation of consciousness from which we have the capability to move into the impossible.

And this idea makes me think of the words of the Master Teacher Jesus when he said, as part of what has become known as his Sermon on the Mount: ". . . anyone who hears my words and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall. But whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock."c

In The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes refers to this passage in Matthew when he writes: "The wise man builds his house on the solid rock of Truth [with God all things are possible], and not on the shifting sands of instability. . . . The foolish man, living only in sense perception [striving strategies and thinking things SHOULD be a certain way], has no measure for Reality and builds his home on false opinions and erroneous concept; the vicissitudes of fortune upset his frail building, the storms of experience tear the walls apart, while the edifice falls about him in ruins. Truth alone endures to Eternal Day."d

So, after having built our strong foundation on TRUTH, we can take a stand for the impossible -- we can thrive -- we can let God be God in us.

ACCEPT THE IMPOSSIBLE

I want to set the tone for our work this morning by sharing an illustration from Tracy Goss' book Last Word on Power, which is the book that has influenced this entire series. In the book, she shares about the movie Rudy, which tells the story of a blue-collar youth growing up in a steel mill town who creates an impossible future for himself.e

We first see Daniel "Rudy" Ruettinger as an eager ten-year-old making a solemn declaration: Someday I will play football for the University of Notre Dame.

In the eyes of most people, however, Rudy is an unlikely candidate for a number of reasons.

First, he is far too small physically to match anyone's conventional image of a football player. Next, he just doesn't have innate athletic abilities. Despite these beliefs of others, he trains and works out incessantly.

They say he isn't smart enough to get into Notre Dame, and in fact it takes him TWO years of determination and dedication at a community college and THREE rejections from Notre Dame before his transfer to that school is accepted.

They say he isn't rich enough and that he should just work in the local steel mill as his father and brothers do. And the reality (lower case "r') is he doesn't have the money for college, so he works at the mill for four years until he saves enough to cover his tuition.

Rudy was a young man who DID NOT know what COULDN'T be done.

After he enters Notre Dame, he joins the walk-on practice squad. Battered and bruised daily by the varsity linemen who use him as a human dummy, he holds on to his dream. He has resolved by this point that his impossible dream involves running onto the playing field with the team, but not actually playing. You see, he has let go of how his dream SHOULD turn out (refer back to last Sunday's talk!).

Rudy's guts, good nature and raw determination impress many of the people who meet him, including legendary Notre Dame coach, Ara Parseghian, who promises Rudy that he can "dress" with the team on the field for just one game before he graduates.

But Parseghian retires before he can fulfill this promise and in the fall of his senior year, with only a few games left, Rudy's name does not appear on the players' list.

This setback propels Rudy to hit bottom. For the first time, he feels himself on the brink of defeat, ready to throw in the towel and quit. OK, so he hadn't totally released the idea of how it SHOULD turn out! That is a hard one, isn' it?

But, his friends point out to him how much he has accomplished, despite the fact that he didn't make his goal to play football for Notre Dame:

He is set to graduate from one of the top universities in the country, despite his blue-collar background.

He has made one of the All-American teams, despite his size and lack of athletic prowess.

And his determination has become an inspiration to his teammates and to his friends.

Rudy's disappointment takes him deeper into the place of accepting that life does not turn out the way it SHOULD, it just turns out the way it does and yet the dream is worth pursuing nonetheless.

He decides to return to practice, to finish out the year, doing his job 100 percent, being a Notre Dame football player, and knowing that his impossible dream is not going to happen.

When he returned to the team, he finds his name on the players' list after all. (A little Universal conspiring to manifest his dream, wouldn't you say?) So, he dresses for the game and stands at the sidelines through the entire game. Then the truly impossible happens.

With less than a minute to play and under pressure from the team, the coach allows Rudy to play.

In the last seconds of the game, Rudy sacks the opposing quarterback, and the team carries him off the field on their shoulders.

This film is based on events that actually took place almost 30 years ago. Since Rudy, the Notre Dame football team has never carried another player off the field.

You may or may not think that Rudy's goal was meaningful. That's not the point. His life story provides a dramatic example of someone who DIDN'T know what COULDN'T be done.

And he did what we all must do if we are going to move into the impossible. After we do our ground work, we then need to make a declaration -- a declaration of the impossible.

Having made the declaration, Rudy had the power of the stand he took, to stay in action regardless of the circumstances, to move the possibility he declared into a reality. With this kind of power, the kind of power that is not encumbered by habitual ways of thinking of the past, he was now capable of handling everything life threw in his path.

Our next step in thriving is to make a declaration that brings forth a future through you the moment it is spoken.

Now, for a declaration to be authentic and have the power to create a future, one element is essential. The person who speaks the declaration must have authority in the arena in which he or she is declaring.

A judge has authority to sentence a convicted criminal. A minister has the authority to pronounce a couple married. An employer has the authority to hire and fire someone.

So who has the authority in your arena of life? This is a pretty easy question: sort of like who's buried in Grant's tomb? YOU! You have complete authority with regard to what you say is possible and is not possible in your future.

While this may seem obvious, it is extremely important to understand that in the past most of us have not taken this authority. As a function of our Striving Strategy and our refusal to completely surrender, we have given away our power to determine what is possible and what is not.

We have given over this power to the past and to our logic. Prior to now, "what is possible in the future" has always been determined by "what has been possible so far" (along with some improvement). Anything impossible in the past must be impossible in the future.

Or we have been unwilling to accept the impossible because we have erroneously believed that only "what I can logically figure out how to achieve is what is possible."

And so to move into thriving, to create the impossible, to release ourselves from the past and from the notion that we can only achieve what we can logically figure out how to achieve is accomplished by making three specific declarations, which bring into existence a unique realm of possibility.

Declaration No. 1: I declare the possibility that "what is possible" is "what I say is possible."

With this declaration you reclaim for yourself the power to determine what's possible in the future that you had formerly granted to the past. Once you begin to operate from this declaration the future is invented. What you say is possible determines what is possible. Your reactions, and the results they produce, are a reflection of the possibility you declare.f

Declaration No. 2: I declare this possibility: "Who I am is the stand I take."

Through this statement you establish a new way of being. The phrase "who I am" refers to the way you are being. Up to now, the way you have been being has been about surviving or striving. This declaration displaces that old way of being and makes room for a new one. When you commit to an impossible future, you are taking a stand. By taking a stand you are committing yourself to continuously act consistent with the possibility you declared, from the moment the declaration is spoken, regardless of the circumstances.g

Declaration No. 3: I take this stand: "There is no fixed way that things should or should not be. They just are."

This declaration gives you the freedom to move ahead to create your impossible future even when things don't turn out like you expected. For example, if you declared the possibility of getting a certain position with a company and someone else gets the position, all that has happened is that someone else got it. It doesn't say anything about you, them or it. Now you can return to your declaration you took a stand for (to get a certain position) and move forward in creating your future.h

Making these declarations of possibility is the first step in allowing something to move forward from "existing as a possibility only because you said so" to "existing as a reality where it is so in the world."

The new realm of possibility you declare is founded solely on your stand for that possibility - without precedent, argument or proof.

This requires making a series of bold promises and fulfilling them - we'll talk much more about that next week. Without this commitment to act, the possibility declared will never be transformed from a possibility to a reality, and it will go out of existence over time.

Having taken a stand does not guarantee success. But, don't forget you have already acknowledged that there is no such thing as how it should or shouldn't turn out. It's one of your declarations.

The possibility of failure and the lack of control do not lessen your commitment. They merely mean that you accept, as a gift, the reality that things work out the way they do.

And so this morning, we take a stand to accept the impossible! Next week, we will proclaim the impossible, so be sure to be here!

So if you are REALLY willing to accept the impossible, join me one more time in making our three declarations to set the Law into motion:

Declaration No. 1: I declare the possibility that "what is possible" is "what I say is possible."

Declaration No. 2: I declare this possibility: "Who I am is the stand I take."

Declaration No. 3: I take this stand: "There is no fixed way that things should or should not be. They just are."



aHenry Ford
bErnest Holmes
cMatthew, Chapter 7
dErnest Holmes The Science of Mind, page 436
eTracy Goss The Last Word on Power
fTracy Goss The Last Word on Power
gTracy Goss The Last Word on Power
hTracy Goss The Last Word on Power



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