A wall scaling attitude demands you go. It dares you to fly. It challenges you to innovate. But there are times when the wall seems too big for even the boldest of wall scaling attitudes. There are times when the wall becomes too massive to consider charging alone.
When you are seeking to grow up a wall scaling attitude, look to the people around you and to the One that created you (and the wall and everything in between) and dare to believe that getting over is not just possible, it’s already determined.
Daily Inspiration and Encouragement
February 11, 2020
Daily Dash of Twisted Encouragement
Growing a Wall Scaling Attitude
I stare at the wall knowing my five-foot frame will never be able to scale it. If I could use the side of the wall to get a grip, then I could climb over it. I can climb anything I set my mind to climb.
The wall stands ten feet tall although it might as well be a skyscraper. It has no footholds or handholds or any way for me to get a grip.
Alone, I would have to stand and stare at the wall until it fell.
But I’m not alone.
It’s not always easy to stand in front of the wall and believe in the One that not only created me but also built the wall. Nothing and nobody has been created without Him. I get up in the morning and dig into the fire fueling Word. I finish up and turn on some encouragement restoring music. I connect with positive words and positive people in between the encouragement and the fire fueling.
But the wall takes my breath away and threatens to crush my spirit. I go through the process logically, looking at the wall and trying to find a way I can get over it. I have to get over it.
Alone, I can’t. I’ve tried and fallen so many times now that it hurts to think about it.
But I’m not alone.
I read about David talking with God and then making stupid choices. I read about Moses talking with God in a burning bush that didn’t burn and then questioning the very directions given to him by the burning bush.
If they didn’t get it and they were right there with God, then how am I supposed to face the wall?
The more I stare at the wall, the bigger it grows. The bigger it grows, the harder it is to push down the fear trying to crush the little bit of hope I have held on to. I know without hope, I won’t even be able to stand in front of the wall, so forget getting over.
Alone, I know the hope will burn out. The world will continue to build the wall and I will be crushed under the darkness its shadow casts.
But I’m not alone.
The first wall I faced stood on a ropes course. Our small group had to find a way to work together to get over the wall, and we did. Granted, the last guy literally gave up his pants to get over, but we got over – together. I was not alone.
The wall I face today was crafted one blog at a time by my own hand and my own choices and that means I have to make the choices and take the actions that will get me over it. One little bit at a time, even when I don’t notice the difference, the changes are happening. As long as I continue to move with focus and intention and purpose.
And I won’t be alone.
That’s what will make the difference. All of the genius ideas won’t get me there if I am not going with God. As long as I try to do it alone and on my own, the wall will continue to grow.
You will face challenges that seem bigger than life. There will be times that you feel like you’ve lost, and on your own and alone, you will lose. This is not a battle designed to be fought alone.
But you are not alone.
When you get hold of that reality, no wall seems too tall to scale.
Wall Scaling Attitude
When the walls show up – and they usually show up when you least expect them (or need them) then you have to create a wall scaling attitude to get you beyond the wall. Without an attitude that reminds you that you can, the wall will convince you that you can’t.
- Focus beyond the wall. The more you focus on the wall the more power the wall absorbs or really, the more power you give the wall. You begin to convince yourself the wall will hold you back.
- Do a little bit more. Keep doing the little bits that are moving you towards your goal and add just a little bit more to push you up to the next level. Not only will the little bits add up to getting things done, but each little bit helps to make the wall look and feel a little bit smaller.
- Use what you have. You may not have what would traditionally work for getting over a wall, but don’t rely on the traditional or normal methods. And definitely don’t give in to your feelings. Be bold and courageous enough to do what it takes.
- Take a moment. The wall may be there to help you remember to slow down or to give you the opportunity to gather up so you are ready to jump. Before you give in to the wall, take a moment to catch your breath and gather your thoughts.
- Remember, above all else, you are not alone. You may look around and see nobody but the One that made everything, that brought everything into creation with His words, resides in you. You are not alone even if you choose to feel that way.
When I was younger, my mom would say I could argue with a brick wall and win. Of course, she had a lot of sayings about how stubborn I could be. Somewhere along the journey, I gave up a bit of my stubborn determination – little by little because little bits can work for the good or the bad.
I am seeing it now. The sun breaks through the darkness and I see the wall. With the realization of what I have given into and the recognition that I never have to face anything alone, I’m stirring back up that stubborn streak, looking right at the wall, and declaring, “Bring it.”
The walls will happen. Your attitude when you face the wall will make the difference between staying where you are and overcoming. Be invested in growing up a wall scaling attitude and you will develop the stubbornness that refuses to let the wall win.
How do you remember that you are not alone when facing your walls?
Challenge for Intentional Actions
An Attitude for Wall Scaling
Don’t let the wall convince you it wins.
Face beyond the wall.
Add a little bit more.
Use what you have.
Cling to the knowledge you are not alone.
You can develop the wall scaling attitude that will push you to go over any obstacles that try to get in your way.
Quote of the Day
“Trusting feelings limits your ability to reach your goals.” – Kathryn Lang
What Others Say
Numbers 10 – 12
1 Chronicles 26 – 29
Ezekiel 37 – 40
“A generous man is a blessing and through his blessings he is anointed to be prosperous.” – from Proverbs 11:25
The blessings are given so that we can be a blessing and the one that gives out blessings will be blessed. That is the true circle of life.
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