Do Away With “I Can’t”

I remember reading a story once about a teacher who held a ‘Funeral of the I can’ts‘ with her middle school class. The students wrote down their I can’ts on pieces of paper: I can’t get a perfect score on a math test, I can’t climb to the top of the rope in gym, etc. Then they put all the I can’ts into a box and buried them in a ceremonial funeral.

Such a cool idea, but come on! If I’d been in the class, I’m sure I would have picked a completely fake ‘I can’t’, because no way would I have publicly shared my deepest darkest insecurities with my classmates.

My Dad was one of the most positive people I’ve ever known. When my sisters and I were growing up, he would not let us say “I can’t”, and he even erased the word “can’t” from our very expensive World Book Dictionary, Volume I.

So here’s my sermon of the day. When you say “I can’t”, think about why you said it.

– Are you trying to get out of doing something you don’t want to do?
– Are you trying to avoid taking a risk because the outcome might not be successful?
– Are you afraid of the unknown?
– Are you using it as an excuse because you just plain don’t feel like it?
– Or is it because it’s something you honestly cannot do because of physical or intellectual or financial constraints? (By the way, very few things actually fall into this category.)

Philippians 4:13 says: “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” (italics mine)

Stop saying “I can’t”. It’s a lame excuse. Now go ahead and have a funeral for your I can’ts.



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2 responses to “Do Away With “I Can’t”

  1. on the second day of our workout, I said “I can’t do anymore” and Seth said, “you can’t push for five more minute? stay on your feet and keep going!” And I did. 🙂 I can’t doesn’t really exist, does it?

  2. Cheryl Enns

    Wendy, I grew up with the same kind of Dad. He still lives by this creed and I am sure he will die believing it. Sometimes I think that he had it right and when I read your list of comments, I would have to agree that he does have it right, and only because he also uses Philippians 4:13 as his source. The biggest things about our Dad’s, Wendy is that Christ was and is their cornerstone and that gives them the strength to do. Glad that my Dad is that way and that he instilled in his family that strength. I however don’t think that any of his kids are as strong in their resolve as our Dad. Thanks for the reminder. I really needed it today. Cheryl

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