Scripture: Jesus said, “With man this is impossible,
but with God, all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:26, NIV
Express the concept of the word “impossible” in a proverbial saying.
Here is my offering:
“You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”
Granted, most thoughts don’t tend toward the topics of either silk purses
or sow’s ears these days, but it is a good old saying that expresses the
idea that something is - well - not possible!
Many years ago a meat packing company took great pride
in boasting of the total utilization of one of their products, to
the extent that they “used everything but the squeal.” I’m not sure what
else they could do with pig’s ears besides make doggie snacks. I have not
heard of a packing company selling silk purses. However, the idea proved
to be just too tempting to another company, one that took challenges seriously.
Somehow, they processed the cartilage in pig’s ears so that it became
sort of like a plastic, the same type of substance that is spun into nylon,
rayon, or - silk. And, you guessed it! They used their sow’s ear-become-threads
to make a ‘silk purse.’ Just to show that it could be done, that it was indeed
possible to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
Here are some exercises for the mathematically inclined
among you. Consider that the word “impossible” contains ten
(10) letters. That means that two letters - ‘im’ - totally
controls the other eight letters. That’s right, two out of ten. One-fifth,
or twenty percent. So much for the the maxim that the majority prevails!
Follow me? Take the majority letters “possible” and add just
two more. That is all that is required to stop something dead in its tracks.
Impossible, you say? IMpossible!
Consider, also, another way to stop things dead in
their tracks with those same two letters, and the addition of one small
symbol that is not even a letter. It is called an apostrophe. Just a dot
that got squished, like this - ’
makes IM into I’m, a phrase
with lots of potential. Potential = possibility. Still with me?
OK, I’m going to explain what I mean. And, no,
I’m NOT going to repeat it.
A-hah!! Did you see that? The addition of
that itsy-bitsy apostrophe made two words, totaling three letters, into one
word with power. I am becomes “I’m.” Consider how often those
three letter, either in their original form (I am) or
the contraction, are mated with three more letters which really puts the
brakes on things getting done. I am NOT!
I’m playing letter games. Yes, I am. But many
people are quite serious about making I’m NOT = Impossible. Think about it.
Consider how often you hear (or use) I’m NOT! Quite often, I’m sure.
Impossible? When I’m trying to make it on my own, yes.
Let me give you three more letters that make all things possible. GOD!
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