I’m sure you all heard of the expression “bull in a china shop.” It’s usually denotes dropping or breaking things because you move awkwardly or roughly. Has anyone really seen what a bull in a china shop would do? Do they destroy everything in their sight? Who came up with the saying anyway?
The other night Tom and I were watching the television show, MythBusters. These guys love their jobs. The premise of the show is to either prove or bust a myth. That night they were trying to prove what a bull in a china shop would actually do. So they set up some shelves in a bull pen and let loose a bull. The funny thing is the bull avoided the shelves and went around it. It knocked over one shelf. Why don’t you watch it yourself below?
If we could be so wrong about an expression that was probably used from the beginning of this century, then what else could we be wrong about? Just because someone says something is true, doesn’t mean it is. Sometimes we have a bad experience in a situation and apply a broad brush to every situation that is similar. What if you were bitten by a dog, then you might think all dogs bite and would be frightened when you see a dog.
Our fears sometimes keep us from trying. What if you were called to be a veterinarian? If you were the one bitten by the dog, you might not want to pursue that type of work. You might be the person that would come up with some innovative way of treating dogs that would save countless lives.
I’m been thinking about what perceptions I have that may be wrong. What fears I’ve embraced that might be hindering my reaching my destiny. What’s been on my heart lately is living my life fully, with passion and freedom. Doing what God has created me to do.
So I pray that the Lord would remove my fears or perceptions that would hinder me living my life fully. Lord help me to keep in step with what You would have me do. Help me to appreciate each day and look to You to guide me.
© Nadine Z. 2007
Check out this post from my hubby called, “Ready for Either.” It’s short but a great read.