Be Encouraged: Don't give up on Potential
by Donell Maxie
Oct 10, 2012 | 590 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A few weeks ago I wrote a column that asked the question, do you know your potential?

I made the reference about a seed and how it has the potential to be more, but if you never take it out the bag or off the shelf and put it in an environment that will help it become more it will always be just a seed and never reach its full potential.

I felt writing this was a great thing because my goal was to encouraged you to understand that in order for you to reach your potential you have to put yourself in a place that lends itself to helping you grow.

The other day a friend of mine asked a question, what do you do when potential never shows up?

I was baffle by this while also being quite intrigued. I pondered and pondered over the idea of potential and I thought what if it avoided some people.

When my mind cleared I knew exactly what I needed to share with my friend and that is potential never goes anywhere. It is that thing that drives us to want to be better. Sure there are those who are fine with the status quo, but there are a large percentage of us who look at life and understand that we have the ability to make things better for our children and ourselves.

Potential is not this cold distant thing that runs from people, it is the heart of who we are and what gives us the will to fight when all else seems lost.

In Christ there is no failure and in Him we have the ability to spread our wings and fly like eagles over all the mess and all the insecurities.

In Isaiah 40:31 it reads, "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."

The main idea behind reaching your potential is never quitting. You have to push your way through the days where you don't have the energy and you want to quit.

I'm not telling you something I heard, but I am telling you what I know.

For most of us we go through life trying to make a living. The thing is God has called us to have life and have it abundantly.

In order to do this we must first seek after Christ so that he will direct us in the way we need to go.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33)

God wants us to prosper because He created us and when he did that he put inside of us the seed of potential.

This divine gift from God has been entrusted to us. We must care for it so that we can help it grow and thrive in this world, nourished by God’s word and basking in the light of His love.

Just like we want what's best for our children, God wants what's best for His children. By honoring and obeying our heavenly Father, we gain insight and guidance that will lead us to achieve our potential, which makes our God exalt in our successes.

Of course, God does allow us to face adversity, both personal and financial, in order to help us to grow strong and faithful. From our trials we learn valuable lessons. The end result is that we become stronger, more faithful children who are able and worthy of success. If we did not learn, we would squander our potential.

God watches over us, protects us, and expects us to have worthy goals. We can ask Him to help us achieve what we want, but only if we know what we want – what our goals are. God will bless us with what we desire if we focus on our goals and look at them through the lens of His love, praying specifically for His help in pursuing our goals.

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