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My Potential

25 May

“God’s gift to me is my potential.  My gift back to God is what I do with that potential.”  – John C. Maxwell, Developing the Leader Within You

God has given me a vessel for which to achieve my best:  My potential.

What is potential?  I decided to look it up:

(From Websters Dictionary) Potential – adj – 1 : existing in possibility : capable of development into actuality

In this case, though, the origin of the word says it all. Potential comes from the Latin word potens.

I did an online search for the meaning of the Latin word ‘potens’ and discovered that it means mighty, able, powerful, strong.

How do we know what our potential is?  What am I capable of developing into? That’s a loaded question.  Who can know?

But, as I read the above mentioned quote from John C. Maxwell, it started to make sense to me.  My potential is my life.  I’m not going to know what I can do with it until I do it!  At the end of it, I may have an opportunity to look back on my life.  I might say “I could have done better.”  I don’t want to say that, but I might also say “I did my best.”

I don’t know how much I can possibly achieve in this life, but I can come up with some choices I can make to assure that I do achieve my absolute best.  Believe it or not, we have a certain degree of control over what we can and can’t do with our lives.  For instance:

I will choose not to procrastinate. What I do tomorrow isn’t going to help me reach my goals.  What I do today will!

I will prioritize. What’s more important?  Building my future for myself and my family, or watching “The Simpsons”

I will be a person with a vision. I am going to set goals, and work toward those goals.  I am going to be a directional type of person, who lives a directional kind of life.

I will build relationships. What good is life without being able to share it?

What am I going to do with my life?  Am I going to tend to it, or squander it?  That is a choice we each have to make.  In the end, it’s our decision.  No circumstance can ever take that responsibility away from anyone.  We have the power to choose to transfer our potential from something that exists in possibility, to something that exists in reality!