I was recently talking to a mentor of mine while sitting in my car, when all of a sudden my greatest enemy came flying through the window threatening to take my life, forcing me to run out of the car. My mentor heard me and began to chuckle and said ” as big as you are your allergic to that small thing?” that small thing was a bee. Okay, maybe I exaggerated but the reality is that small bee has the potential to kill me.
I am highly allergic to bees. Getting stung will cause my throat to swell closing my airway making it difficult to breath. Yes, I try to avoid them. I would love to live a long life and I also want to save my money instead of giving it away to medical bills.
Isn’t it interesting how small things can destroy big people?
What about you? Do you have a “small enemy” that is a huge threat in your life?
Maybe it’s an allergic reaction to bees or maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s different for you. Maybe that “small thing” for you is that you have a bad habit of lying and it’s costing you opportunities. What about gossiping costing people to trust you, damaging your relationships. Perhaps it’s spending too much money causing financial strains in your life or in your marriage. It may be a “small thing” yet every time it “stings you” it affects you in dangerous ways.
The wisest man that ever lived said, “it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine”. Every one has the threat of a small fox ruining our great vineyard or in our case -life.
Let me ask you a question, have you ever been bit by an elephant? Hopefully not, but have you ever been bitten by a mosquito? Isn’t it interesting how it’s the small things in life that can hurt us the most. For a CEO and leader it could be the lack of communication with the team, yet for a father it could be the lack of discipline to show his wife and children love, when he gets home in the evening. If you are a student, it’s probably the lack of interest to give your studies one hundred percent.
I don’t know what it maybe for you. But, I assure you; you need to identify what the threat is in order to protect yourself against it.
I carry around an Epi-pen (which is a needle with medicine) to help me while I get to the hospital in case a bee stings me. Doing this could save my life.
What is your “small threat?” how are you protecting yourself from it?
You cannot protect yourself against what you do not admit.
So, how can you guard yourself?
1. Assess yourself
Only you know, you. You know what you can do and where you can’t go. You know what triggers the worst of who you are and what brings out the best of who you are. You know what is your kryptonite. Overeating? Pride? Jealousy?
2. Admit it
Come to terms with it and realize it’s danger. Understand that if you don’t guard against “it”, “it” will destroy you.
3. Fight it.
Don’t let that small thing beat you. Swap at it, avoid it, carry an Epi-pen with you everywhere you go if you have too, but don’t let it destroy you.
You are more than an over comer, but we must be aware of what we must overcome!
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