Little Engine that Could

A man went to a fortune teller to hear about his future. She looked into a crystal ball and said, “You will be poor and unhappy until you are 45 years old.”

“Then what will happen?” asked the man hopefully.

“Then you’ll get used to it.”

In their book, The Answer, businessmen-authors John Assaraf and Murray Smith talk about the negative messages children receive growing up. They write, “By the time you’re 17 years old, you’ve heard ‘No you can’t’ an average of 150,000 times. You’ve heard ‘Yes you can’ about 5,000 times. That’s 30 ‘no’s for every ‘yes.’ That makes for a powerful belief of “I can’t.'”

When I was a child, one of my favorite stories was The Little Engine that Could. Why? Because I found it so encouraging! I used to read it over and over and think, “That’s me! I can do that too!”

If you aren’t where you want to be in life, you have two choices. You can be like the 45-year-old man who opted to just get used to his plight. Or you can be like the little engine that could. Let God fuel your tank. If the little engine could do it, so can you!

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