How many times have we heard it? “He/She just isn’t living up to their potential.”
I’m sure that we all can recall times where we have either said it, or we have heard someone say it, and we have wondered what we can do to help them realize it.
First I think we need to look at what potential truly is defined as, “latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.”
As Christians we all have a potential to become something greater than we are right now…we all have the opportunity to be greater than we may even think we can be. The first thing that we must do is realize the potential we have. We must overcome our mental blocks that keep us from realizing what we could be, but how? Plain and simple, we must set goals. But more than that, we must also pursue them with no hesitation. If we want to see ourselves become what we could be, we must first put away that which is holding us back.
Second, we must realize our need for others along this journey…we can’t go at it alone. We must accept Christ into our lives as our provider and our energy source, and then strive to be like him. If we want to become better in athletics, we find an athlete that has perfected the trade and then strive to apply the same things they have applied. The same is true for our Christian walk…for us to find that drive in ourselves; we have to look at the life of Christ and attempt to be like him.
Along with our attempt toward becoming like Christ, we must also align ourselves with others who are also striving to put on the same mind as us. If we can do this, we will never be alone in the battle that seems to follow us. Christ tells us in the book of John that we can do this when he gives us the words in verse 33, “In this world you will have trouble; but take heart, I have overcome the world.”
If Christ has overcome, why do we accept mediocrity? Why do we accept anything less than our full potential if Christ has proven that we have more than we could even imagine in what He has already done for us?
Today, I challenge you, as well as myself, to accept potential and strive for it. We have potential because Christ has already overcome…but it is up to us to seize the opportunity and attack it head on. Today, you can overcome because he overcame. Today you can be everything that you were designed to be by simply embracing the one who created you to be everything you are! And what you are is a Child of the One, True God!