Be Encouraged: Do you know your potential?
by Donell Maxie
Oct 10, 2012 | 582 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Imagine you are a seed and it doesn't matter what kind of seed. All your life you have been sitting in a bag on a shelf in some store and no one has bought you to put you in the place where you can prosper and become more.

Day after day you watch as people pass you by and overlook your potential of becoming a fantastic plant or crop.

One day an interested buyer comes into the store and decides to buy you. They take you off the shelf and take you to their home where they prepare you for the ground. You get excited because you will now fulfill the very purpose for which you were created. For the first time you will be put in the right place and given the right stuff that will allow you to reach your full potential as a seed.

Much like seeds, we as believers are bursting to reach our full potential in Christ, but for so many of us our environment puts a restriction on our ability to truly realize our full potential.

One of the main reasons why so many of us find ourselves struggling to be more is our inability to see ourselves bigger than what's around us.

When I say our environment is a key component in helping or hindering our growth I mean the people we are around, I mean the company we keep, I mean the family and friends we have who are either positive or negative.

I have come to understand that for many of you the people in your life are not really there to help you grow. They are either there to get from you what they can and in many instances they are there to make sure you never grow from being a seed. They want to see you remain just the way you were when they met you.

The reason they feel this way is because when you step out the box to become greater than what you have been then you become a threat to how they see themselves. Some people are comfortable being the same. They are cool with being a seed and just sitting on the shelf, but there are those of you who cannot just sit by and be all right with being all right.

There are those of you who have to get off the shelf and get to some ground, even though you understand that getting to the ground means you are going to be surrounded and wrapped up in dirt as well as have some rainy days. The good thing about it is that you also know that with every raindrop, some sun must shine and one day you will grow from being just a seed and into something greater that has the potential of helping someone else.

When it comes to your environment we must learn not to judge ourselves by the people we are around. Remember the story of the prodigal son. He found himself around swine, but he wasn't a pig. Just because everyone around you is being negative, it doesn't mean you have to be. You are more than what they say you are. You are a king in the eyes of God and he has called you to be just that.

Your potential to be greater is dependent on your tenacity to move to a new level. When you are bursting with potential you cannot thrive on certain levels. Right now you may be in a situation where you cannot thrive, where your potential and talents are being overlooked.

I want to encourage you today that the next move is a move of transition. I'm not suggesting that you just get up and move, but that you pray and seek God to understand where the best move for you is.

Understand that a seed can sit in a bag or in a jar for years and do nothing, but if you take it and put it in the ground you are changing its environment and putting it in a position for transition and that's how we have to be.

We can't become so loyal to our environment that we hinder our own growth and miss our opportunity to reach God's potential for us.

As we grow in God we must get to the place where we want settle for a lesser glory when God has called us to a greater one. Understand that when you have potential there will be torment, frustration and pain. Because of the hardship that comes with your potential it's important to understand patience and that's one test we have to pass.

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint," (Isaiah 40:31).

Remember this: when no one will push you, you must push yourself.

Keep the faith and stay encouraged. M.J.T. Love

Donell Maxie is a staff writer for The Bolivar Commercial He can be reached at 843-4241 or e-mail him at