Life is a challenge! It’s so easy to get caught up in what we’re doing now and forget about what we can become in the future. Millions of people are slaves to their environment. They don’t take the time to think, ask God, and make necessary adjustments in order to become who God has created them to be. God wants us to enjoy life and make a difference at the same time. 

God wants us to advance! Your past does not dictate your future. How you start is not as important as how you finish. You may have been raised in mediocrity, compromise, or poor conditions. You may think that you don’t have the right connections, education, or talent necessary to fulfill your destiny. Here’s the good news: You have what it takes! 

For centuries people believed that it was impossible for humans to run a mile in less than four minutes. However, in 1954, Roger Banister proved everyone wrong by running the distance in just 3.59 minutes. Within a year, thirty-seven athletes broke the belief barrier. The following year, three hundred runners broke the self-imposing belief. What happened? One man dared to break a limited mindset and hundreds followed.

Friend, what are your self-imposing beliefs? You may be the first in your family, but if you dare to break the self-limiting barriers, generations will follow after you. 

Don’t be defined by your environment. If you plant a mighty oak seed in a small pot, its growth will be limited by its environment. The seeds of greatness may exist, but great potential can be dwarfed by its surrounding. In the same way, when God made you, He put everything that you’ll ever need to succeed inside of you. The Scripture says, “You’re a masterpiece!” There’s nothing wrong with you. You’ve been created in His own image to break every barrier in life. 

Moses was born in a time when God’s people, the Israelites, were an enslaved minority. They increased in numbers and strength. The Egyptian Pharaoh was worried that the Israelites would ally with Egypt's enemies and ordered all newborn Hebrew boys to be killed in order to reduce their population. 

Moses' mother hid him in a basket that found its way to Pharaoh's daughter. She rescued Moses out of the Nile River and raised him as part of the royal family. Many years later, Moses killed an Egyptian slave master for mistreating a Hebrew slave. He had to flee across the Red Sea to Midian. Sitting in the backside of a desert for forty years, Moses was visited by God. He was broken and molded before God sent him back to Egypt. The rest is history! Born of Hebrew slaves, Moses went on to bring the Israelites out of slavery and crush the Egyptian empire. 

What about you my friend? Are you sitting on the sidelines of life because you think you come from an ordinary family? Are you ashamed of your childhood? Do you feel guilty because of a mistake you made many years ago? Have you been mistreated, marginalized, and ignored? Do you feel like there’s nobody to help you? Well, I’ve got good news for you: You’re not washed up, discarded, or a victim. No! You’re a victor. God has a battle for you to win for your family, and the generations to come. No matter what has happened to you, you can rise from your ashes and be the difference maker! 

Here’s the million dollar question: Do we pursue what God wants, or do we do what's comfortable? Most people choose comfort – the familiar and the path of least resistance. However, if we dare to break barriers, all of heaven will assist us become a difference maker. 

Millions of people are missing out on God’s plan because they’ve succumbed to their environment. Do yourself and your family a favor. Break out of the mold. Don’t pass negative things down to the next generation. You can be the difference maker! You can be the one who sets your family on a course to honor God and, as a result, find peace, purpose, and prosperity. Get rid of strongholds that are keeping you back. Recondition your mind. You have everything you need to be a difference maker. I’m praying for you and I believe in you! 

“For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17 KJV).