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REACHING YOUR POTENTIAL Get up, Get Going, Get Over It!


Several years ago, I read the story of Larry Walters, a 33-year- old man who decided he set out on an adventure. Larry got up one morning and went down to the local army surplus store where he purchased 45 used weather balloons. Later that afternoon with the help of some friends, he fastened the balloons to his lawn chair, grabbed a six-pack of beer, a peanut-butter- and-jelly sandwich and a BB gun. The thought was to shoot out the balloons when he was ready to land.
Walters assumed the balloons would elevate him about 100 feet into the air, but was taken by surprise when the chair soared more than 11,000 feet over the air traffc pattern at Los Angeles International Airport. Larry was too frightened to shoot any of the balloons, so he remained airborne a few hours, forcing the airport to divert and delay fights, resulting in long delays across the country.
Soon after Walters was safely grounded and confronted by police, reporters asked him three questions:

Were you scared? “Y es.”

Would you do it again? “No.”

Why did you do it?

“Because,” he said, “You can’t just sit there”.

“You can’t just sit there” is a great motto for life!

There is a story in 2 Kings Chapter 7 about four lepers who found themselves in a desperate circumstance. They were sitting outside the city of Samaria, which was tightly shut up because of a siege they where under by the Syrian army. The lepers’ backs were up against the wall – pardon the pun.
After evaluating their situation they determined to do something.

Now there were four men who were lepers at the entrance to the gate. And they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die?” 2 Kings 7:3 (ESV)

I love their mindset! They knew sitting there and defending the status quo wasn’t going to change their circumstances. They deduced that going into the city wasn’t a favorable option. The only other option for them was to venture out into enemy territory.

The four lepers considered, then pursued the best possible options available. That is a great life strategy for all of us.

Life lesson: evaluate all your options pick the one that gives you the best chance of producing your desired outcome.

As they entered the enemy’s camp – to their amazement the Syrians fed in holy terror thinking a massive army was invading them. In their haste they left behind everything. The four lepers had a hay-day eating, drinking and carrying off the spoils of war.

There is a profound life lesson here: When lack and defciency is all you see, lack and defciency will be all you have. A winning mindset fnds a way.

This poem “All in the State of Mind” is circulating for awhile but worth siting.

If you think you’re beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t, It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost, For out in the world you fnd
Success begins with a fellow’s will; It’s all in the state of mind.
Full many a race is lost Ere ever a step is run;
And many a coward fails
Ere ever his work’s begun.
Think big, and your deeds will grow; Think small, and you’ll fall behind; Think that you can, and you will.
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are; You’ve got to think high to rise;
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the one who wins Is the one who thinks, “I can.”

Sometimes miracles happen not because we are looking for them but because they are looking for us. Get up! Get going! And Get Over it!

Often the test of courage is not to die but to live. —Conte Vittorio Alferi.

Just a thought,

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I came across the story of an odd incident that occurred with an Australian youth who suffered a concussion while serving with the armed forces in Korea. At the time of his injury, the young man was 5 feet 4 1⁄2 inches tall. The blow started strange reactions within this soldier’s body so that he began to grow … to an amazing 6 feet, 3 1⁄2 inches high!

“The case of the Australian soldier is very strange,” says Roy Smith. “But there are innumerable instances of people who never grow to reach their full intellectual and spiritual stature until after they suffer some terrible blow.” “Let’s Think Thanks” by Roy L. Smith.

Some people may never grow in reaching their full potential and spiritual stature until they suffer a diffcult blow.


Abraham & Sarah suffered the blow of infertility 27 long years. Joseph suffered the blow injustice and the abuse of power.
 Moses, the blow of murder. He was a felon who had to fee Egypt. David suffered the blow of 21 kill attempts by King Saul.

Paul suffered blow after blow by a messenger from Satan sent to buffet him.

Jesus our Lord, suffered the most lethal blow at Calvary.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
1 John 4:4 (NKJV)


I share that to encourage you. EVERY LIFE HAS TO ABSORB BLOWS from time to time. Are you reaching your full potential as a follower of Jesus Christ? WHEN LIFE HITS YOU HARD, HIT BACK!!!!!!!!!

Just a thought, Carl Toti

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If you desire to reach your full potential you will have to harness the power of the mind. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he…”

“You’re as big as you think!” This was the caption of an advertisement in one of the largest magazines sometime ago. The picture is of a boy gazing into the future. In the background there is a whirling planet and a rocket bursting out into space. The caption is explained in a short paragraph: “Only a boy. But his thoughts are far in the future. Thinking, dreaming, his mind sees more than his eyes do. So with all boys…Vision, looking beyond the commonplace, finds new things to do. And growth, as it always must, follows where mind marks the way.”

Yes, the imagination is a powerful resource that is under used and underdeveloped in far too many people. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.
–Henry Ford, Sr.

I never imagined I would be pastor a premiere church in America. The thought never entered my mind that I could stand before thousands every week and communicate the transformative truth of God’s Word. But, my life changed when my thinking changed! And my thinking changed when I started reading the Bible.

According to Isaiah 55:8-9, “God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts.”


Our Thinking                                                                       His Thinking

“It’s impossible.”                                                              “All things are passible” Luke 18:27

“I am too tired.”                                                                “I will give you rest” Matthew 11:20-30

“Nobody really loves me.”                                                  “I love you” John 3:16

“Nobody really cares for me.”                                            “ I care for you” 1Peter 5:7

“I cannot go on.”                                                               “ My grace is sufficient” 2 Corinthians 12:9

“I cannot figure things out.”                                              “ I will direct your steps” Proverbs 20:24;3:6

“I cannot do it.”                                                                 “ You can do all things” Philippians 4:13

“I am not worth it.”                                                            “I will be worth it” Romans 8:28

“I cannot forgive myself.”                                                  ” I forgive you” Psalm 103:12; 1 John 1:9

“I cannot afford to.”                                                           “ I will supply all your needs” Philippians 4:19


Bible Illustrations – Bible Illustrations – A Treasury of Bible Illustrations.

If you’ll change your thinking you can change your life. What are your thoughts about marriage? Money? Your future? Your personal self-worth which is greater than your net-worth? Find what God’s Word says and begin to act as though it was true, because it is!

Think BIG! Live BIG! Think small! Live small! What you think about you bring about! You’re as big as you think!
Just a thought,
Carl Toti

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Reach Your Potential-Take Control


Remember growing up how you had big dreams? You wanted to be a police officer, or fireman, astronaut, princess or President! Well, over the next 30 day’s I am challenging you to Reach Your Potential. It’s time to reclaim the dreams that God has placed on your heart.

I love the story of Joseph in the Old Testament. He received a dream from God at the young age of 17 and after an avalanche of adversity, which included being sold as a slave to Egypt by his own brother, later he was thrown in prison unjustly only to emerge as the second in command over the mightiest nation in the world at that time. Joseph learned how to be in control when everything else seemed out of control.

“I know, LORD, that we humans are not in control of our own lives.” Jeremiah 10:23 (CEV)

A recent study found that 61 percent of Americans feel at least one aspect of their lives is out of control. The top three areas among respondents were personal health, household matters, and finances.

I read in a book recently and discovered that when it comes to control, we make two errors. We overestimate what we can control and we underestimate what we can control. We have more control than we think in areas that we think we have little control and we have little control in other areas that we erroneously think we have a lot of control.

There are things we can’t control such as the weather, the growing national debt, whether or not our company downsizes or not. But what we can control is our own personal debt and having contingency plans in place in the event our company has layoffs.

In the story of Joseph he couldn’t control his brothers betrayal, or Potipher’s wife’s false cry of rape, or the global famine that occurred but what he could control was the choices he made within those uncontrollable circumstances.

You can’t control how your spouse, adult kids, or bosses act, but you can control how you react to your spouse, kids, boss and circumstance that occur beyond your control.

I have learned sometimes to be in control, you have to let go of control.

“You put everything under his control.” When God put everything under

his Son’s control, nothing was left out. However, at the present time we still don’t see everything under his Son’s control. Hebrews 2:8 (GW)

We can’t control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond to what happens to us.

There are three things we can control: (1) The thoughts we think. Philippians 4:7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (2) The attitude we adopt. Philippians 2:5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: and (3) The actions we take. Ezra 10:4 Get up! It’s your duty to take action. We are with you, so be strong and take action.”

Start taking control!

Just a thought, Carl


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