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"There's Just No Way"
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It only comes around once every four years. The Olympics, a much looked forward to event, can be controversial, exciting, even inspiring. I did not realize that in flipping the channel on my way to the news that night in August, I would witness history being made.

It was the men’s freestyle relay race of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The USA and French teams were neck and neck. In an interview that took place earlier in the day the French team promised to beat the U.S. team soundly, but until that point, the U.S. had been able to keep up.

As the first swimmers made their way to the wall, they matched one another stroke for stroke. When the second swimmers jumped into the water the USA fought hard and gained a small lead which was handily given up by the third swimmer. By the time the fourth swimmer got into the water he was almost a full body’s length behind the French swimmer, and from the first second of their leg of the swim I thought to myself, there’s no way he can make up that time. There’s just no way.

With every second of my saying "there is just no way," that final swimmer swam faster and harder. With every passing second he shaved more distance off of the gap, little by little he made it even with the French swimmer and before I knew it my "there’s no way" turned into “Come on! You can do it!” And you know what? He did.

Shattered World Record

He won the match by eight one-hundredths of a second. And that leg of the race shattered the world record. The USA won the gold medal, and France went home with the silver.

Today, I thought back on that contest and realized how much I do the same thing to myself. It’s like a silent mantra: "There’s just no way."  There are some things I will not even attempt to think about because I have already convinced myself, there’s just no way I can do it. There’s just no way I can have it. There’s just no way it can be done. Do you ever find yourself in a similar situation?

Honestly, who are we? Who are we to taunt God? Who are we to limit what God is capable of? By saying "there’s no way," it is like telling God there is no way He can help me to accomplish something. There is no way that He can always be here for me. There is no way that He is watching over and protecting me. There’s just no way He can love me despite all I’ve done.

I’d like to remind you, as well as myself, that the Bible assures us that, "with God nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 1:37). God not only will do for us the things that are best, but He’s also rooting for us to win the race. Sometimes our first faint sound of “you can do it” is a whisper from God. With Him nothing is impossible!

These days I still find myself saying "there's just no way"—there's just no way to limit God.

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