Four Steps You Can Take Toward Fulfilling Your Potential
Potential is God’s gift to us. Making the most of it is our gift back to God. ― Mark Batterson
In a previous article I shared how God woke me up to my life. God spoke to my heart, “You get one life to live, and you’re the only one who gets to live it.”
We are still in the process of becoming, and have the potential to become all that God created us to be. God has given us so much more than we realize or dare to believe. He also gives us the autonomy to decide what we do with it.
We have this beautiful and powerful thing called a free will to choose. God asks us to choose His way. When we choose what God wants, we don’t lose. We gain Him. We aren’t His puppet on a string, either.
Additionally, God invites us to partner with Him in our becoming. In order to make steps forward in fulfilling our potential, which I absolutely believe the Word of God defines as becoming all that God created us to be in His image, we can take steps to partner with God in the process.
Here are four:
- Learn what potential is.
- Discover your God-given potential.
- Pursue God’s dream for you.
- Do something with what you’ve been given.
What is potential?
In the dictionary, potential is defined as having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future. I often associate seeds with potential. Have you ever considered the number of orange groves that are contained in one orange seed, or the number of apple orchards contained in one apple seed? There’s no way for us to really know. But we do know those seeds weren’t meant to remain seeds. They have the potential to become exponentially more.
Robert H. Schuller says it well. “Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the apples in a seed.”
Seeds have potential.
Discover Your God-Given Potential
God has given us seeds full of potential that need the right attention and cultivation to become. Sometimes we don’t recognize the seeds of potential we have, but I don’t want to put limits on what those seeds might be.
Therefore, ask God to reveal to you what potential you’re not seeing. Your potential could be found in your abilities and gifts, your creativity and intelligence, the time and place you were born, or someplace or something you never thought of.
There is even potential in that thing you can’t see any good coming from. That thing you’ve asked God to fix, heal, or takeaway, but He hasn’t. For that, God is saying, “Let My strength be perfected in your weakness. Surrender that thing to Me. What the enemy means for harm, I will turn it for good.”
So that thing you’ve been working so hard to fix—let go and let God have it, because His hands are the right environment to turn bitter into sweet and make beauty from ashes.
Pursue God’s Dream For You
Sometimes we doubt we have any potential or that we can do anything with it. When we can’t see our potential, a sense of hopelessness may make us wonder why we should bother trying. Sometimes we recognize we have potential but feel hindered, because we believe we aren’t able to, not sure how to, or are afraid to do something try.
Sometimes we settle for what we have because we don’t realize we can have more. We get so used to the mundane, everyday ordinary, trapped in the cycle of the busyness of life, we don’t give ourselves a chance to admit we were made for more.
However, the discomfort and dissatisfaction indicates there is a problem. Let the awareness of that problem provoke you to seek change. The fact that you might be thinking or feeling those things is evidence that you were made for more. Let it be what propels you to pursue God’s dream for you.
Ask God to put His dream for you in your heart, and to open your eyes to the hope of your calling.
Paul prays it like this in Ephesians 1:18: “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called—His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance.”
Make it your prayer, too.
Do Something With What You’ve Been Given
Consider the immeasurable potential that God gave to a seed, and dare to imagine He has given you so much more. What are you doing with what you’ve been given? Don’t let that question condemn you. Let it examine you. Let it motivate you.
Think about it like this. If you buy a pack of carrot seeds from the garden center, bring them home, and stick them in a drawer, they will never become what they were created to be—carrots, food, nourishment, and a producer of more carrot seeds.
Neither can you break open that carrot seed and find a carrot. You won’t see it. Not unless that seed is planted and cultivated in the right environment and given the nutrients and time it needs to become what it was made to be.
You have potential to become all that God has created you to be, but the pressure is not on you to make it happen. Your success is found in your obedience. God is the one who called you, and He is the One who will do it. There’s a promise for you in Philippians 2:13 that says, “it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.”
Don’t be afraid to try, and dare to believe you were made for more.
Journeying with you,