Have you ever had a thought that just would not leave you alone? Seriously. You think the thought, and then you think, “Hmm, that’s interesting,” and then you go back to doing the dishes or singing the song that’s playing on your car radio? Then, three days later, you’re in the grocery store and the guy behind you in line says something to you and, for unknown reasons, that thought pops back in your head? And on and on it goes – until you actually tell someone.
This blog post is coming from one of those thoughts. You see, sometimes I dismiss those thoughts as unimportant or as … nothing. Ironically, “nothing” is what my thought is about. “Nothing” or the lack of it.
Now that you’re totally confused, hopefully you’ll hang in with me for the big revelation…
“Nothing” is impossible.
That’s it. That’s the thought I haven’t been able to shake for months now. “Nothing” is impossible.
The Bible tells us a couple of things about “nothing” and “all things”
- But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26
- Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things [are] possible to him that believeth. Mark 9:23
- For with God, nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37
- If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Matthew 17:20
Now, when I talk about these verses with people and when I’ve heard them preached, it’s as if the words “nothing” and “all things” are modifying the truly important words: “possible” and “impossible.” And please hear me – I’m not arguing against that. We teach that “God” and “Possible” are inextricably joined in both instances, and that’s true, and that’s fantastic news.
But guess what? I’m a fussy grammar person. I don’t know what every grammar rule is called, but often I can tell when something is incorrect, and it sets my mind to thinking about how it should be…or could be. So, I haven’t been able to shake it from my mind that there is another way to understand this phrase:
“Nothing” is impossible.
Consider this possibility: With God, there is no such thing as nothing. Or, with God, everything counts. Add to that the idea that “God uses all things for good” and we’re really rolling into something big here! Because “nothing” is impossible. “Everything” is possible and “nothing” is impossible. All I’m doing is putting the emphasis on the actual nouns in each sentence which are “everything” (or “all things”) and “nothing.” And if “nothing” is impossible then YOU matter! And your decisions matter. The way you treat the earth matters and what foods you put in your body matter and that flower growing on your lawn matters and… we are all joined together because with God, “All-things” are possible and all things work together for good. With God, there is no such thing as “nothing.”
So there it is. My nagging thought. My revelation. And now you might be thinking, “what does this have to do with life coaching?” My “nothing” revelation is important to coaching because it says something very important about YOU and YOUR PASSIONS and YOUR DREAMS. It says that they are SOMETHING because they are part of “All-Things” and because there is no such thing as “Nothing.”
All things are possible with God. And God is in all things. And – wow – I don’t know about you but I am excited by that thought! May God reveal to you the possibilities that lie in all things for you – and that you, surely, are part of all things. Please let me know if you have any thoughts about this – and have a beautiful day!