Destinies are created by something powerful and yet accessible to everyone.  What comes forth from our mouths determines the trajectory of our lives, whether it is in alignment with our wishes or not.  Words must be thought out and purposeful.  The moment we speak, our declaration sets in motion a direction-forward, backward, or nowhere.  If you are like I was and treading water in the sea of the unknown for years, never getting anywhere with all of the frustration that entails, perhaps your language needs a tune-up as mine did.

Some of us have big dreams while others are numb and have forgotten that dreams still exist.  They do.  We have all been given a purpose with desires that delight our soul.  If your dreams are distant, take some time to listen to your heart.  They are embedded there.  With every dream comes a hurdle, a mountain, or what seems like an impossibility.  Perhaps there are multiple challenges.  I may say, “I dream of being a writer and speaker reaching the world to inspire them and draw them closer to God and His Word, but I don’t have any formal training, I don’t have a solid network, I’m already 54 years old, and what if I don’t have something valuable to say, and so on.”  You may want to travel,  or go back to school, or start your own business, but do not have the capital or funds to do so.  The list is endless.  The problem is not the dream nor the circumstances.  The problem is the 3 letter word BUT and where we are headed after we speak it.  When we separate the two parts of the sentence with the word but, our focus becomes directed solely what lies behind this word; as in this case, the problem, and the dream subsequently gets pushed aside.  We get STUCK IN THE BUT.  I said for years that I felt I was treading water, going nowhere.  I was clearly stuck in the but.  I couldn’t even remember my passion. That 3 letter word was sabotaging my progress.  I learned a verbal technique to alter my course.  I began replacing the word BUT with AND.  This gives both the dream and the challenge equal space and frees you to dream AND address solutions.  The focus switches from negative to possible.

BUT GOD, are two robust words, not stifling or hindering, rather liberating and granting unlimited access to possibilities, for with Him, nothing is impossible.   This is in stark contrast to using the word but followed with a problem.  BUT GOD is fluid and free flowing.  Look at the beautiful promise in Ephesians 2: 4-7 ESV that takes our dreams and multiplies them exponentially. “BUT GOD, being rich in mercy, because of the great love which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved-and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  We receive more than we can dream and far more than we deserve because of His great love for us.  He makes us truly alive.

A future of ambition, aspiration, and hope are realized when we get unstuck out of the BUT, replacing the conjunction with the word AND, and living in the realm of everything as possible, with our concentration on the One who originated our dreams.  Dream AND Problem, BUT GOD= Unstoppable.  BUT GOD is the breath of life to dreams, destinies, and a life worth living.


4 Replies to “STUCK IN THE BUT”

  1. So beautifully put Linda!! You spoke this inspiring message at our Young Women’s conference this past weekend and it really resonated with all the women (the young and the seasoned)! We laughed at the humor of being “stuck in the but”, AND we took your message to heart!

    1. Thank you Kim for the privilege to share it. Just imagine the possibilities those young women and the seasoned ones have if they allow those words to be ingrained in their hearts and minds. I love your vision to touch the next generation and applaud what you do as a world changer and a Kingdom builder.

  2. Yes yes and yes!! I’m learning from Sean how to dream big and God keeps delivering bigger dreams I never ever had the capacity to dream! Love “stuck in the but!”

    1. Thank you Sandra! I love how Sean trusts God and really believes dreams are reality. He’s not muddied up by worries. Incredible how our kids teach us more than we teach them.

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