Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Be Your Own Dark Horse

This may sound silly, but I had no idea what the term "dark horse" meant until just a few weeks ago.  For those of you that may not know but just don't want to admit it, it means:
  1. a competitor in a race or contest about whom little is known; an unknown
  2. a person who reveals little about himself or his activities, especially one who has unexpected talents or abilities
  3. a competitor who unexpectedly wins

These past couple of weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions for me. I continue to struggle with loads of negative internal thoughts. However, I knew God was calling me to rise above the thoughts that were pulling me down. He was calling me to reach out to people in my life, despite the overwhelming feelings that those people want nothing to do with me.

One day, by the grace and strength of Christ, I mustered up the courage to act in obedience. I was able to do two amazing things: 1) I got to share my faith with a friend and defend the reasons behind my faith, and 2) I got to reconnect with a friend. In sharing my faith, I wasn't able to convince my friend of the awesomeness of God, but I was able to deepen my own understanding of Him.  It's amazing how much you learn about something when you get the chance to explain it to someone else.  Reconnecting with my friend was another amazing blessing I would have missed out on if I had let my feelings get the best of me. But God has greater things in mind.  In a simple 6 minute phone call, He granted forgiveness and closure.

I never expected I was capable of such things. But God made me my own dark horse. With Him, I was able to overcome the odds I set up against myself. 

How can you be your own dark horse? What abilities have you left untapped? What unexpected talents are you not using? Check out Romans 8.

Romans 8:37
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 

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Definitions taken from dictionary.com.