Too Good to be True

Fantasy StatuesWanting to believe in the unbelievable, the improbable

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Author Unknown

There’s a sucker born every minute. P T Barnum

A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true, he generally believes to be true. Demosthenes

Conmen throughout history have made a living off the gullibility of others. They put together scams that are carefully designed to appeal to our weakness of believing in something that more often than not is “too good to be true”. Even though we know better, we get “suckered in” and lose our time and money. We always know in our hearts that something that is too good to be true is most likely “too good to be true.”

We have a gullibility streak that causes us to want to believe in something that defies probable. It excites us and takes us out of our normal, predictable, boring, and unexcitable routine. We want to believe in something beyond normal. Kids are gullible. There are led easily down the “primrose path” into believing the unbelievable. They believe in fairy tales, the “Tooth Fairy”, the “Easter Bunny”, and of course, “Santa Claus”. Eventually they grow old enough to know better. As we get older, we do tend to get wiser. However, many of us never lose our willingness, vulnerability and desire to “believe or hope for the unbelievable”. How many dollars are spent every year buying lottery tickets? Someone does win. What about all those who lose? Should they be labeled gullible?

There is something good about wanting to believe. It is those that believe, imagine, dream and go beyond normal that often eventually exceed normal. They are the inventers, the entrepreneurs, the movers and the shakers. On the other end of the spectrum from gullibility is skepticism. Being too much of either extreme is not a good place to be. There is always the need for a good dose of pure common sense. If we “listen to common sense” we will tend to avoid a lot of mistakes, but sometimes we also need to be willing to make a few mistakes.

There is the middle ground, a sense of balance between gullibility and skepticism. If we never venture forward and believe in things “at least a little too good to be true” we will probably not venture very far from the confines of our limiting comfort zones. If we never make any mistakes we have not tried our hand at pushing the envelope. Many successful and visionary people fail numerous times before something “not likely or probable” becomes reality. Thomas Edison, the Wright brothers and so many others believed in the unbelievable.

Challenge: Chances are you have learned more from failures and mistakes than from things that came easily and without effort. If you never take any risks, you will probably never achieve very much of your potential. Life tends to require falling down, persevering, learning and doing over and over again, until it is done right. It is okay to fail or make mistakes as long as you learn to keep going. Success is waiting for you around the bend.

Wisdom: Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. Einstein

Spiritual: (NIV)

You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:2

To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. Ecclesiastes 2:26

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippines 4:19

When this life is over, it is likely we will be given the insight, knowledge and awareness of all the wonderful opportunities, experiences, and blessings we missed because we were too fearful of stepping forward. Lack of faith and self-confidence prevents us from experiencing untold blessings and benefits. They are there for us if we will venture forward and embrace them. Our Heavenly Father wants to bless us. We must allow him to do so.

Prayer:  Help me to let go and let You lead me where I should go. Help me to achieve my potential.

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