Get Out of THEIR Box


Guest Blogger: Jason Curlee

You know that box…that six-sided structure…that structure that you and I might have been put in along the way. Well, it’s time to get out of it.

NO!!!!! It’s time to BUST OUT OF IT. It is time that you and I throw down the gloves and throw off the chains that have been kept us from going to the next level. It is time to “Bust Out Of The Box” that has kept us from being all that God has called us to be.

I remember the time I applied for a youth pastor position at the age of 33. What I was told was that I was too “old”. At that moment I let “their” box close on me.

Another time I let an organization almost kill the dream in me so that I could fit into what they wanted out of me for “their” ministry. I let their box close on me. And I almost closed the lid.

I once had the dream of planting a church ripped from me by a person who I thought was a friend…who couldn’t lead with someone else and then tried to put me in the box “he” thought I should be in.

What or who is it that has closed the box around you?

Is it your family telling you that you need to get a job other than ministry? Is it your boss telling you, you’ll always be at the bottom? Maybe it’s someone telling you, “you can’t lead”. Maybe it’s someone not believing in you. There are so many situations that could have put you in the box.

Here is how you can get out of “their” box:

1) Change the reality within the box – By that I mean change the mind-set that has put you there. Often times the box was started by others and you began to believe it. Begin to etch out a new mind-set filled with the possibilities that are out there. Truth is…there is truly nothing out there you can’t do if you put your mind to it.

2) Bust out of the box – Chart yourself a new destination…one that is alignment with the future God wants for your life.

3) Create a new box – This is the box you define. One that is not filled with the limits of others or your organization. You can be more than others see in you. You can do more than is possible. Push back the boundaries and believe in yourself…God believes in you.

Today, you have “PERMISSION” to get out of the box. Go ahead break those walls that have been constraining you and chart a new vision.

What are you going to do to get out of their box?

@JasonCurlee blogs at and is all about influencing and developing others to make a difference in their world. He is currently a Campus Pastor for Bay Area Fellowship in Corpus Christi, Texas.
His blogs are about creating content that ministry leaders can find practical and inspirational as well as sharing the ministry principles and experiences accumulated since 1995. It’s about being innovative, unique, and creating content that can help you make a difference.

  • Thanks for this post. Very timely in my journey.

  • Glad it was helpful to you Denise

  • Makeda

    Like Denise, this article was PERFECT for where I am on my journey. Very timely; it provided confirmation of some things God spoke to my heart this morning. Thank you for sharing.

  • Thanks so much Makeda…this was birthed through the journey I lived of letting others put me in THEIR box…we can BUST OUT of it!!!!

  • Scott H. Young, a blogger I sometimes read, has a book called Think outside the cubical. And for some reason, this post made me think, “Think outside your mind.”

    It’s so easy for me to get caught up in what I think is possible, the way I think it should be. Excellent point. Break out. You are not your mind – and you’re certainly not your box… or anyone else’s for that matter.\

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

  • Influence is a powerful thing, it helps us learn from others but also can trap us into thinking we NEED to be like others too.
    I LOVE the message here and the positive path you lay out for someone still trying to come full circle in self discovery.
    Reach YOUR full potential. Dare to Live, Dare to dream, Dare to be!

  • Jimmy formerly known as the paravane Hankins

    Great post! The big box builder for me has always been that voice inside. No, not the still small one. The other one that cringes in the corner and jibbers in fear at change, light, just about anything. Think Inner Sméagol. (grin)

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