There are a lot of wonderful material available which deals with personal growth and development, self-improvement, living your best life and the like. There are many motivational, inspirational and transformational speakers, encouraging and challenging individuals to make the changes necessary to be their best selves, live their best lives, be happy, become successful; coaching them, cheering them on, saying to them, “yes you can do it”.
No Man an Island
Having been created as relational beings, having the support of others, even if it is just one other person is important to our existence and our growth. As a matter of fact, John Donne got it right when he said, no man is an island. The entire quote goes like this, “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”
For most of those writers and speakers they are using a gift; an ability that has been given to them by the Creator. My concern is that any motivational, inspirational, transformational, personal growth and development theory, drive or thrust that is void of God is lacking. Our success can be so much more magnified when we involve God in our lives. “For in Him, we live: and move and have our being.” It is in Him that we exist (Acts 17:28).
Created for Good Works
In my last post I talked about your potential being part of your treasure. You have a treasure chest buried within you and in that treasure chest, among other things is your potential; probably the most important part of your treasure. I also talked about how strongly I believe in potential. We all have it. When God breathed breath into each of us, he also deposited potential within us; gifts, talents, abilities, dreams, which are all tied to His plan and purpose for us. Revisiting the story of the Master and the servants of Matt. 25, one servant was given five talents, the other two talents and the other one talent. My point being, that each of them were given something, no one was left out.
Each of us is given some measure of ability. We are God’s masterpiece (He has made us what we are), created to do good works, which He has planned in advance for us to do (Eph. 2:10). He has a plan and a purpose for us and He has already equipped us with all that we need to fulfill that purpose. Do you find that you can speak well, write well, sing, dance, paint? Do you find that you have excellent organizational skills, enjoy helping others, have extra patience or can empathize well with others? What are the things you do well or the things that interest you and draw you in and drive you? None of it is by chance. They have been given to you for a reason, tied to the good works that God has prepared in advance for you to do.
Safeguard your Treasure
Do not be fooled however, not everyone want to see you discover or use that part of your treasure. The sad truth is, not everyone around you want you to succeed or be your best. Maybe you have heard the quote, “misery loves company”. Some people just seem to infect others with their negativity. Their life is stuck and so they become incapable of encouraging another to get to new heights in their life, they want company in their stuck state. Avoid these kind of people, they are a threat to your potential.
Do you know who else does not want you to discover and use your treasure? Do you know who wants to destroy your potential more than anyone? You guessed it right, Satan! He wants to destroy anything good within us. For this reason, so many of us have found ourselves stuck, stagnant, unable to grow, blind to the potential, strength and power that we have within us. For this reason, we have lost so many of young men to violence – potential destroyed! For this reason, so many of our men are incarcerated – potential destroyed! For this reason, so many of our homes are fatherless – potential destroyed! Another issue I feel strongly about, but which we will explore in another post.
My point is Satan is a destroyer and wants to destroy your potential. Don’t let him! He influenced Pharaoh, to kill all the Hebrew baby boys, but he did not succeed in killing Moses. Therefore, Moses’ potential and purpose as the man to lead Israel out of slavery was safeguarded. The attack on his potential was averted! He influenced Herod to kill all the baby boys in Bethlehem but he did not succeed in killing Jesus. Therefore, Jesus’ potential and purpose as Savior of the world was safeguarded. The attack on His potential was averted!
Dr. Munroe writes, “all the great things God has put inside us–our visions, dreams, plans and talents–are Satan’s targets. He is afraid of men and women who have faith in God’s wisdom and power, because they take their visions and translate them into action. They not only set goals, they make them happen.”
The attack on your potential can be averted, but it depends on you.
Next time, we will explore some tips for safeguarding your potential and averting the attack. Until then, stay positive, stay blessed!
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