As I was cooking today I noticed that one of the beans that were awaiting their victorious destiny, had begun to sprout. It got me thinking (I have been told that I think way too much, but then if I didn’t, you would not be reading this 😃)
The bean was simply doing what is encoded into its natural biology, growing! It doesn’t wait to be prompted, no soil had surrounded it, no hands had planted it, it simply yielded to what it was created to do. Had it been allowed to grow to it’s full potential (okay now I am thinking that I murdered that poor bean 😕) it would have grown into a tree, bearing many many more beans. A harvest!
I was reminded of a thought that a friend posted this week (wise friends are a blessing). It went like this…
People often talk about over-achievers but I think there is in fact no such thing. The reality is that they have simply achieved. They have been diligent and hard working enough to actually accomplish and achieve whatever it is they did. They have fulfilled their human potential. So in actual fact, those of us who do not use our full potential are under-achievers.Author Unknown – Credit to William T Dyer for sharing
I really loved the way this had been expressed. Why not live up to our full potential? I think that there are so many reasons that we don’t. Fear, insecurity, lack of motivation, negative voices, but certainly NOT a lack of ability.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!Psalm 139:13-17
One of the biggest lies that the enemy wants us to believe is that we have no potential. My heart broke yesterday as I overheard a conversation between a father and son. The father was encouraging his son to take up an opportunity to do a specific course and the son’s response was “Dad you know I am dom, I rather do something with my hands like boiler making”
There is nothing “dom” about being a boilermaker, in fact, ask your typical “academic” to attempt boiler making, he would be the one feeling incapable.
Everyone is a genius but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.Albert Einstein
It is commonplace in society to measure and compare people based on their academic achievements, financial success or in relation to someone else. Perhaps we ought to take a lesson from nature… A Sunflower doesn’t compare itself to a Rose, wanting to make it’s petals fuller and rounder and perhaps red instead of yellow. It would simply no longer be a Sunflower!
Each of these unique and beautiful flowers have a special and distinctive qualities that serve different purposes. We cannot cook with Rose oil, nor will sunflower oil offer the same anti-aging, mood enhancing benefits that rose oil does.
Be yourself! Everyone else is taken!
Each type of plant thrives in a specific environment, some in sunlight, others in shade, some requiring much water, others needing very little. The people and places we find ourselves in have a lasting impact on our growth. We need to surround ourselves by people who help us grow. We need to be in spaces that are conducive to our progress.
But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.Jeremiah 17:7
Don’t ever allow society to make you feel like you are less than who you were created to be. Sadly, even parents may be guilty of this, impacted by mindsets formed over generations (I will share more on Mindsets when I have a moment to compile). Each of us has a seed within us waiting to come into fruition.
And finally, I am going to end with these powerful words for you to reflect on…
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.Marianne Williamson
The world needs you to be all that you were created to be, each one of us have a purpose and a responsibility to Grow, bear fruit and in turn, feed the generation that is to come after us…