There is a phrase I picked up as a kid:
“We can’t afford that.”
It is a legitimate statement. I am not able to afford everything I desire. A dream house on the beach paid in full would be wonderful. A full quiver of surfboards for every occasion wouldn’t be too shabby either.
It is true. Somethings I can’t afford.
Somewhere along the way, the phrase turned into a tool in my box. I could pull it out anytime I didn’t want to spend money on something.
For example, my kids see a toy at the store. It’s expensive. The price tag doesn’t match the value I see in it. So, I pull out my tool. I say to them, “No, I’m not going to buy it for you. We can’t afford it.”
It is an excuse for me. I don’t want to do that. “Oh, I can’t afford that.” I can’t risk it. “No way, I can’t afford that.”
The belief that “I can’t afford that” paralyzes me.
I am stuck. Frozen. Limited.
It locks my step. There is no way I can move forward. Where I am is as far as I can go.
So, I miss out. On adventures. On experiences. On opportunities. On lessons. On intimacy. On growth. On success. On what is possible.
I am limited by my belief.
Good news. You can run free by imagining a new truth.
For me, it might mean believing that “God provides all the resources I need.”
For you, well…I don’t know. You do though. It’s up to you to rewrite it.