Ever wonder why things in your life never change? Ever wonder if there’s more to this life than what you’ve experienced so far? Do you struggle with just giving up or accepting circumstances the way they are because you’re so tired of waiting for your ship to come in?

There is much more potential within us than we could ever unpack. Being made in God’s image is a pretty big deal and the Bible says that “All things are possible with God.” (Luke 1:37) So why don’t you have more opportunity or seize them when they come knocking on your door?

I grew up watching “The Jeffersons” TV show and still love to see George Jefferson strut into the room. He played his part well, didn’t he? (I’m smiling as I type this column and humming the theme song.) “Moving on Up” was easy to learn and fun to sing. I love the line, “Took a whole lotta tryin’ just to get up that hill.”

The beauty and wonder of George Jefferson was that he had worked hard to become a success and achieve his dreams. He had to be willing to take a risk, learn about business and then give folks quality dry cleaning for their dollar. That made customers come back and allowed him to expand. He ended up with a chain of dry-cleaning stores and “a deluxe apartment in the sky.”

Most of us have a lot of opportunities but miss them due to limiting beliefs about what is possible for us, not seeing our own value and letting conditions or the people around us talk us out of trying something new. There will always be plenty of people who want to hold you back where they are.

But with God, anything is possible. He is the one who created your life because he wanted you to be born. He created you with a purpose and a plan – yes, to know him, but also to enjoy your life and be successful. We are all capable of doing greater and greater things as we follow God’s leading in our day-to-day lives and refuse to buy into the myths and limitations that have been modeled for us.

Will there be struggles, failures and mishaps? You bet! But those make you stronger in the long run.

So, if you’ve been believing you can’t do anything about your life, maybe you need to bust the myth that “this is just the way life is” and make these decisions:

>> Believe your life is significant and that you have a purpose.

>> Find someone to mentor you and inspire you.

>> Walk closely with God, read the Bible and discover who he made you to be. (Get the YouVersion Bible app for your phone.)

>> Be a lifelong learner who never settles for less than all your life can become.

>> Surround yourself with people who are making a difference.

Last year, I spoke to the students at Hemingway High School and I told them they were all history makers and that some of them would be heroes. We are all history makers because everything we do writes history or the story of our life. But to become a hero, we have to step out and take a chance, believe in ourselves and believe that God created us for more than what we’ve experienced so far.

If you could write the script for your life and it would all come true, what would you write? Write that down, then sit down with a mentor, life coach or family member who believes in you and figure out the first step. Then take it.

Like George Jefferson, you may work years to accomplish your dreams, but what if you did? What if you worked hard, kept learning and growing, and made your life a success in such a way that blessed everyone around you?

Maybe you’re reading this column and you think you’re too old to try something new. Let’s bust that myth, too! If you’re still breathing and your heart is still beating, that means your life’s purpose isn’t yet complete.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” Surround yourself with people who encourage you so that your hope and courage are multiplied. Then just keep taking the next step!

For free inspiration, book a 45-minute Purpose Discovery Strategy Session with Robin at www.robinlewislife.com/book-sessions.

Robin Lewis, The Freedom Coach, is a certified spiritual life coach and inspirational speaker who lives in Hemingway, S.C. Visit her website at www.RobinLewisLife.com for more information.

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