He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you - Matthew 17:20
I loved going to visit my paternal grandparents. From the great cooking to the friends that I made during my visits, I loved going to see them. The thing that I probably enjoyed most was the fellowship and the opportunity to learn about our family history from Nana, who was my grandmother. One day I was looking at the pictures during a visit there and noticed that my grandmother had a cap and gown on in one of the photos. She had to be at least 50 years of age, if not older. I asked her why did she have a cap and gown on at that age and she explained that it was for her high school graduation. Now I was really confused. Most of the high school graduates that I knew weren't that old. Seeing the confused look on my face, Nana sat me down to explain. I found out that she was unable to finish school because she had to work. The job that I remember Nana doing the most was a position that she held as a domestic. That's a nice way of saying that she cleaned the house, washed the dishes and helped raise the kids of the family she worked for. Because my grandfather worked a different shift in another town, Nana had to walk to work, rain or shine. She told me that she always dreamed of going back to school and earning her high school diploma. Despite the overwhelming odds that were stacked against her, she never let her dream die and kept the faith that she would be able to accomplish it. The picture that I saw in my grandparents home was evidence that she was able to achieve this noteworthy goal.
Men, how many times have we looked at a seemingly impossible goal and gave up before we started or were halfway into the process? How many times at the first sign of adversity did we give up and talk ourselves out of continuing to try due to our lack of faith? Jesus addressed this in the scripture referenced above. He was chastising the disciples for their inability to drive out a demon that had possessed a little boy. The irony in Jesus choosing the mustard seed as an illustration was not lost on me. The mustard seed is among the smallest of all seeds and happened to be the smallest one used in Palestine. Yet despite its tiny size, the Palestinian mustard plant could grow to a height of 10 to 12 feet. Men, if you are operating in the will of God, nothing can be impossible for you. You can achieve insurmountable goals, as my Nana was able to do, with faith and the belief in the power that God provides. You have family and friends watching how you respond to adversity. Effectively addressing it in a positive manner can serve as an example and model for others. I know what my Nana's accomplishment had on me and I hope and pray that I can pass that on to my children.
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Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.