4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
Like the prophets of God before and after him, young Jeremiah resisted success. He made excuses. He pointed out why God’s intention for him just wouldn’t work.
“I do not know how to speak.”
“I am too young.”
“I’m too old.”
“I haven’t done this before.”
“What if my friends stopped liking me?”
“Success would take time away from my family.”
“I might have to change my boundaries if everyone recognized me.”
There are a lot of reasons why we sabotage the success God has called us to. The main reason to pursue it anyway, is that God has called us to it!
Take a moment to think about your gifts and/or ideas. Which ones do you feel God calling you to share with the world? What are the external obstacles to letting others know about your dreams? What are the internal obstacles to letting others know about your calling? Write down the obstacles that you can identify, and give each one a SUD. If you are new to tapping prayer,
After you have assigned a SUD to your objections to success, try and remember a time from your childhood when that issue first became an issue..For example: If my obstacle is that “nobody will want to hear what I have to say.” I could remember a time from my childhood when I had something I thought was important to share, and the people around me either dismissed me, ignored me, or yelled at me for interrupting them. Those specific events create a pattern of response in our spirit that says, “What you have to say is not valuable, and if you try and share it you will be punished...or ridiculed...or feel lousy for having tried.” Can you see how that message could get in the way of a present day project?
Once you have found an event (it may not be THE EVENT, but it will lead you in that direction) apply a round of the basic recipe to the issue. When you are finished, take a deep breath and assess your SUD on the event. Note what has happened to your concern about the event. If a new event “pops up” take a moment to give it a SUD and go back to God for relief. Keep going until you experience a SUD of 0-2. Then, you’ll be ready for the success the Holy has in mind for you!
Tapping prayer sends God’s spirit to that painful moment (or moments) in your past and places a healing balm upon them.
Tapping prayer releases the discomfort of that childhood experience and liberates us to experience our dreams without all that negative baggage.
Tapping prayer unleashes the power of God’s call to pursue our dreams and make a difference.
Tapping prayer lightens us to experience the joy and peace of using our gifts, anyways.
I received the quote at the top of this post on our church facebook wall. I believe that tapping prayer around “success” can help you bring Paulo Coehlo’s words to life.
I look forward to reading about your success.
Keep on prayer tapping. Enjoy changing the world, like all of the other prophets who received God’s assurance for their lives. Remember: You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.