Are You Living Under a Self-Imposed Glass Ceiling?

Do you remember, as a little child, catching grasshoppers and putting them in a jar. I do. I put holes in the top so they could breathe and for about twenty minutes they would jump like crazy, trying to get out. It didn’t take to long for them to stop jumping though. I could even open the top and shake them before they would try again. They didn’t trust that the lid was really gone. There is a phrase in the self-help industry about people who form mental glass ceilings over their own heads. They try and try to rise above or jump over it but that invisible barrier stops them from jumping too far.

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It seems that any field I learn about, or endeavor to do, there is a glass ceiling among the people. For the artist or authors they limit themselves by using the “starving artist” ceiling, or the struggling author ceiling. Yet there are many in each of those fields that were wealthy and successful beyond any means. I’ve heard of this same mentality or ceiling in real estate, in architecture, in social work, attorneys, even doctors.  There is a phrase that describes the people who inevitable impose their own glass ceilings. And worst of all, it happens like a virulent plague throughout Christianity. Across the broad range of career fields, occupations, or belief systems there are limits and expectations. To put it simply I have not found one field that has a monopoly on poverty.There is always a percentage of success and always a percentage of failure. Why? Because…

Success is an inside job

What is the ceiling? A ceiling is the limitations we put on how much we can do, how much is too much and how far is too far. Humans love the safety of a box. But inside this box, whether ours is cramped or roomy, inevitably we must confine the boundless potential of the human spirit. We must blow out the candle of the controversial and the debate. We must snuff out any need for adventure and the drive to understand what is over that next horizon. We must not look outside our box. If we do, we’ll get frightened. We’ll mess up and maybe even fail.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:37

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

These are not the verses of a Mentor, Father and Creator who believed His creation should live under a glass ceiling of any kind, spiritual, physical, or mental. One of the most limiting, glass-ceiling installing phrases I hear in Christianity is, “If it be God’s Will…”

Christians use this phrase all the time. If it be God’s will, I will prosper. If it be His Will, we’ll see a healing. IF it be His will, I’ll get out of this terrible situation. Ha! You’ve heard it too haven’t you. Heck, I used to say it until I learned the truth. What burns my bunions about that phrase? It causes doubt. I begin to ask, What if it isn’t God’s will that I prosper, get healed, escape temptation…” etc. “Nothing has happened so far, so prosperity MUST not be God’s Will.” Then I stop trusting in God and look for other lessor ways to get my need supplied. Therefore, that little doubt lead to worry, worry led to fear which led to unbelief, aka a giant glass ceiling. 

One of the greatest things about learning to trust God is, after you see something for yourself in His Word, you have the choice whether to take it as truth and renew your mind; which in turn means you act accordingly, or you can ignore it and deny the truth. You always have a choice. What is the truth about this phrase? It is a counterfeit, a trick, and a manipulation. The only way to know God’s Will in your life is to read His Word. God’s Word is God’s Will. What does it say about prosperity, healthy etc?

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prosperity.” 3 John 2

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19

This is glass breaking, ceiling erupting truth! We can internalize it and believe it. This truth has more surety than our Federal Treasury! Will you dare to believe? Will you weather the storms of doubt using God’s TRUE Will as your shield of believing? For those who tread this higher ground a great new journey begins.

God Bless You TODAY!

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