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SOUL ISSUES: Who Told You, That You Can’t? 

Rev Liz Petipren

By Reverend Liz Petipren 


When a student arrived late to his University math class, he found two problems on the board. He copied them into his notebook, worked on them as homework, solved them and turned in his answers at the next class.  The following morning the student’s professor knocked on his door, asking him how he had solved the problems. “What’s the big deal?” asked the student. “They were just homework.” 

“The big deal is that they were not just homework,” the professor explained. “These were classically unsolvable mathematics problems, and you have solved them.” 

Sometimes we are better off not knowing what we cannot do. Knowledge is power, but too much knowledge can blind us to the truth. Experts are useful only if their understanding opens doors to greater wisdom. If they are too sure of what cannot be done, their expertise can be a millstone. 

Is there something you would like to do that others tell you cannot be done? Just because it has not been done, or the experts do not see a way it can be done, does not mean you cannot do it. Everything that has been done, at one time had never been done. So if you set out on an impossible project, you are in good company. 

Nothing is impossible with God as a partner in everything we endeavor. Jesus knew that in rising above all adversity, the Buddha, against all odds, knew that in his awakening.  

Trust your inner guidance more than external opinions. The voice of genius has never been a respecter of professional authority. There is a genius within everything, even in our not knowing. 

Affirmation: “I trust my inner knowing. With the help of a Higher Power, I can do what others call impossible. 

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