Monday, February 10, 2020

You Have Great Potential

By Andrea Merrell

Some kids know exactly what they want to be when they grow up. They possess gifts, talents, and abilities that are bursting to come to life. Others don’t have a clue. I was one of the latter.

Today we’re told to learn our children’s temperament and natural bent. We’re expected to help them find their “sweet spot”—what they love and what they’re good at doing.

I never had that kind of encouragement. Instead, I grew up trying to please others by measuring up to their standards instead of establishing my own. I didn’t see the potential in myself.
But God did.

As I came to know, love, and follow Him, He began to draw out those gifts He placed in me and set me on the path to my God-given destiny.

Think for a moment about people throughout the Bible who probably felt like nobodies. Mary was a young girl engaged to be married. But she was destined to become the mother of our Lord Jesus. David was a shepherd boy, looked down upon by his older brothers. But God used him in a mighty way—not only to rid the land of a giant but to become king.

Moses was hidden in a basket as a baby, then raised in an Egyptian palace. After he murdered a fellow Egyptian, he fled to the desert to hide. But there is no hiding from God. Moses felt weak and inadequate, but God saw tremendous potential in him to lead His chosen people out of slavery.

Someone once said there are seeds of greatness in everyone. But seeds must be nurtured in order to produce.

If you’re struggling with where you are in life and wondering if you’re fulfilling your purpose, know that God sees the potential in you to do great things for Him. Use your gifts. Sharpen the skills He gave you and see how your life will change for the better.

(Photo courtesy of and Sira Anamwong.)


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