In the literary classic, Don Quixote De La Mancha, Don Quixote makes a statement that the world “sees people as they are – I see them as they can be!” Some wonder if this is truly not the thought of the author Miguel de Cervantes. Regardless of numerous setbacks and poverty, Cervantes never gave up on his dream of authoring a book about a man who saw the world differently than the norm. Could it be, that Cervantes was successful with his dream because he did not see himself as what he was, but what he could be? He knew his potential!
Regarding potential, I found the following quote in my notes; sorry I do not remember the source:
- Some see situations as they are, others as they can be.
- Some see people as they are, others as they can be.
- And some see themselves as they are, others as they can be.
Potential, it is there, just waiting to be noticed.
Potential represents something that is latent or unrealized. It is there, but has not yet come into being. We understand the idea of potential energy, oil and batteries have potential energy in them; the key is in knowing how to release it.
God Is A God Of Potential
The exciting thing for you and I is that God focuses on potential. Prior to the creation processes Gen 1:2 states “the earth hath existed waste and void, and darkness [is] on the face of the deep” (YLT). Yet when God spoke creation into existence, He was revealing what was in his mind. He sees the potential!
He also sees the potential in His children. To Jacob, whose name mean supplanter, he said, you will be Israel, a prince with God. To Gideon the least of the smallest tribe in Israel, hiding behind the winepress threshing wheat: He called him a mighty man of valor. He called the original disciples to follow Him and he would make them into something. He took a despised tax collector and made him a gift of God (Matthew). He sees the potential!
He doesn’t look for perfection, but potential
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 1 Cor 1:27-28 NKJV
God uses the unseen potential (by natural eyes) to bring to nothing what is readily visible.
God sees past your present situation: he sees the potential inside of you waiting to be let out. He sees your future. He is the ultimate craftsman taking the rough materials of our lives and releases what’s on the inside.
Paul instructs us how we can also see the potential:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. .” 1 Cor 2:9,10 NKJV. The natural man cannot see potential, but the Spirit does. It is connecting with His spirit that allows us to see the potential with in us. It is allowing His spirit to transform and renew our minds: revealing to us what He sees in each of us.
Food for thought:
Am I focusing on what I see or seeking what He sees?
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