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Conquering ourselves

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re usually right.”

Henry Ford said those words and I have to agree with them. I am often my own worst enemy and my ‘inner dialogue’ is not helpful a lot of the times, as I struggle with low self esteem.

“It’s not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves.”

It’s why Sir Edmund Hillary’s quote rings so true to me. I don’t know if you recognize his name, but he was the first man to climb Mount Everest together with Tenzing Norgay and Hillary climbed many mountains after that. I have no intention of trying to climb Everest (though one never knows – I;ve certainly grown to love hiking the last year), but I think he’s right. No matter how hard the task before us, it’s not the task that we have to conquer, it’s ourselves.

If we keep telling ourselves we can’t do something, that we’re just not good enough, not holy enough, not old enough or wise enough or whatever enough…then we’ll never do it.

In what area do you have to conquer yourself?

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5 thoughts on “Conquering ourselves

  1. Again, another great post from your site. I agree, I can be my worse enemy. So much so God had to remind me that I was the only person that could stop my destiny. When you think of how Christainity in the USA has turned into a hot mess- I just want to be right with God. I dont want to live a life thinking I got it all together and wake up in hell. However I had to learn to balance this. I walk in his grace and follow his word. His word will convict yet lead me into all truth. Thanks for showing us how to live this Christain life with balance.
    Blessings to you!
    Nikita

    1. Thanks for sharing Nikita. I couldn’t agree more, as Christians we are so often our own worst enemy. A healthy confidence in Christ is necessary, balanced with humility and grace.

  2. Love the quote Rachel. I need to conquer myself when it comes to my self-confidence. It wavers so much it’s driving me crazy.

    1. Thanks! I know that self-confidence ‘trap’, it’s hard to find a good and healthy balance there. But too little self-confidence can really hinder our growth!

  3. Thank you for these words! I am starting up as the new youth director at my church! Attempting to fill the shoes of a remarkable servant! These words helped me today!!
    Blessings!

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