“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’ ”
– Matthew 19:26
It’s amazing what’s possible when you don’t know what’s impossible! Here’s an incredible story my grandpa, Dr. Schuller, heard from a gentleman he met on a flight. His name was George Dantzig and he told a story of when he was a first-year Ph.D. mathematics student at UC Berkeley. Due to his busy schedule, he arrived late to class and saw the homework assignment on the board: Two math problems. He quickly wrote them down in his notebook and when class was over, he went back and started working on them.
Despite feeling inadequate because it took two or three days, he continued to work on solving these problems. On day four, he solves the problems and brings them to Professor Jerzy Neyman. Even though his assignment is late, his professor receives it and grades it later. A few weeks go by and his professor starts pounding on his door. He tells George it wasn’t a homework assignment and that he must have come in late. He tells George it was an example of two of the most famous unsolved math problems, and he solved them! What a terrific story!
Friend, you can see how his thinking affected him. If he had been told right off the bat that these problems were unsolvable, just like every other student and professor, he would have been at a major disadvantage. But since he assumed everyone in the class had already solved these problems and thought he had to solve them, he just solved them! What’s possible when you don’t know what’s impossible is amazing, isn’t it? When nobody tells you that you can’t solve a problem or overcome challenges, you assume you should. With God’s help, you can be victorious and experience success!
Father, help me to always see what is possible
Is it easier for you to see the impossible or the possible?
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