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Do You See Yourself As A Grasshopper? (3)

June 29, 2016

There are some stories with such powerful lessons that they bear repeating,such as the one below.  These stories carry lessons that serve as necessary reminders as we sometimes lose our way forward and up our mountain.  We should store these stories in our head’s file cabinet and pull them out from time to time.

This is one of those stories that I have posted here three times before.*

After forty days crossing the desert, the Jewish people are about to enter the Promised Land, as told in this week’s Torah portion Shelach. Before they do, Moses sends twelve spies/scouts to go in first and report back what they see. Only two of the twelve came back with a positive report. The remaining ten said they saw an inhospitable land filled with giants.

In the first part of a very telling statement the ten said, “In our eyes we seemed like grasshoppers…. Notice that they said in “our eyes”. When we come upon a new challenge, how often do we react fearfully? How often do we see ourselves as to small, too weak, and unable? How often do we see ourselves as grasshoppers? When this paralysis of fear hits us we become stuck where we are. We hold ourselves back from continuing our climb to reach our goals, dreams, and discover who we were created and destined to become.

In the second part of their statement they said, ..and so we were in their eyes.” Numbers13:33.  Notice here they said “in their eyes”.  If you see yourself in a negative light, then that is how you will present yourself and be seen by others. If others see you negatively, then doors will be closed. Believe in yourself, if you don’t, no one else will, and if you don’t why should they?

“Within yourself deliverance must be searched for, because each man makes his own prison.” – Edwin Arnold

“You become what you think, even if you don’t think so.” – Dr. Morris Mandel

Heart and Soul

  • OOPs, It should have been titled (4)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Helen permalink
    July 1, 2016 3:02 pm

    So true

  2. Christina permalink
    June 29, 2016 8:33 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I particularly loved this post!!!

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