Since you are full of potential, you should not be the same person next year that you are this year. Never accept success as a lifestyle—it is but a phase. Never accept an accomplishment as the end—it is but a mark in the process. Your primary problem is that you do not think like God does.
There are many selves within you that lie dormant, untapped and unused. God is always looking for what is not yet visible. He expects to find inside each person and thing He created more than is evident on the outside. On the other hand, man is often satisfied with what he has—or at least if not satisfied, he thinks there is nothing better. Thus he settles for what he has. Therein lies the tragedy of life. The minute we begin to settle down and be satisfied with what we have, we lose the possibility of revealing what is really inside us.
Too often we die without exploring the gifts, abilities, and successes that lay hidden within us. Our thoughts, ideas, and possibilities are not used. We fail to realize the vast potential that is stored within us. We are like batteries in a radio that is never played—our potential is wasted.
Suppose Michelangelo had died before he painted the Sistine Chapel or DaVinci the Mona Lisa—the beauty of their paintings would have been lost. Suppose Mozart had died with all that music in his bosom.
How different the pages of Scripture and history would be. Suppose Martin Luther had died without writing the thesis…Charles Wesley without penning the hymns…John Wycliffe without translating the Bible into English. How different the history of the Church might have been. Can you imagine how many great works of art, music, and literature are buried in the graveyard near your house?
Can you imagine how many solutions to the problems we face today are buried with someone you knew? People die without getting out their full potential. They fail to use all that was stored in them for the benefit of the world. I wonder what would have happened if your father had died before you were conceived or your mother before you were born. What would the world have lost if you had not been born? What will the world lack because you fail to live out your potential?
Will you carry songs, books, inventions, cures, or discoveries to your grave?
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Our teens are committing suicide. I wonder who they were supposed to be and what they were supposed to do that we will never know. Have we lost some great leaders? He compared Himself to a kernel of wheat that falls into the ground and dies see John A kernel of wheat, when planted, yields many more kernels. Within Jesus was the potential to bring millions of people to God. If he had, Jesus would have died before He could offer Himself as our atonement. His great purpose in life would have been wasted. The seed of His life was much more than His disciples could see.
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That one seed had the potential to give life to many. There was yet much fruitful labor for him to do. It was necessary for the Church that he continue to live.
Thank God Paul did not die. The benefit of his wisdom would have been lost to the early Church and to us. His potential to write Colossians and Ephesians may have been forfeited. My award awaits me. Everything in life has the potential to fulfill its purpose.
People who die without achieving their full potential rob their generation of their latent ability. To die with ability is irresponsible. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us Romans a. God packaged some things in you for the good of the world— use them. We will never know the wealth God planted in you until you bring it up.
Release your ability before you die. Use the power and strength within you for the good of yourself and others. I believe there are books, songs, art works, businesses, poems, inventions, and investments in you that God intended for my children to enjoy. If you want to succeed, strike out on new paths.
No man can climb beyond the limitations of his own belief. Every day sends to the grave obscure men and women whom fear prevented from realizing their true and full potential. Failure is not the absence of success. Failure is the neglect of trying. What you see is not all there is. There is something in everything. What you have done is no longer your potential. Potential is what you can do but have not yet done. G od packaged some things in you for the good of the world—use them.
The greatest threat to progress is your last successful accomplishment.
On his way he passed by the great white mansion of the plantation owner who, with his field workers, was felling one of the age-old trees. I have no use for this junk. With a smile of gratitude, he staggered into the distance carrying his burdensome treasure. After entering his cottage, the old man placed the jagged piece of tree in the center of the floor. Attacking the wood, he worked as though under a mandate to set something free from the gnarled, weathered trunk. The following morning, the sun found the sculptor asleep on the floor of his cottage, clutching a beautifully sculptured bird.
He had freed the bird from the bondage of the junk wood.
Later he placed the bird on the railing of his front porch and forgot it. Weeks later the plantation owner came by to visit. When he saw the bird, he asked to buy it—offering whatever price the sculptor might name. Satisfied that he had made an excellent bargain, the gentleman walked away, hugging the newly acquired treasure.
Some look, but others see. Trapped within them is a beautiful bird of potential that may never fly.
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Society, like the plantation owner, sees nothing in e them but a useless, worthless must person on his way to the garbage heap of life. Creation abounds with potential because the Creator Himself is the potential principle. When we describe God, we often say He is omnipotent. Omnipotent means that God is always potent. He has within Him the potential for all that is, was, or ever will be. He is omni-potent or omnipotent.
Everything that was, and everything that is, was in God. Everything that was and is, was in God.
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We have to start with God. Before God made anything, before He created things, there was only God. So before anything was, God is. God is the root, or source, of all life. Before anything was, God is. Before there was time, time was—but it was in God. Before God created a galaxy or the Milky Way, they existed. Before there was a universe or a planetary system with the third planet called earth revolving around the sun—before any of that was—they were. I wonder what it must have been like when God was just by Himself. He steps out on nothing to view nothing, for there was nothing except God.