We all have tremendous potential within us, and we all have something threatening to cripple that potential. I wonder what your potential is. You know, you are world class at something. Your unique design is for the purpose of being absolutely phenomenal in some way. The thing is, you may not have even discovered it yet, but the potential is still inside of you. Your creator is using every detail of your life to release that potential.
Now recolonize, sometimes the releasing of potential only comes in the form of pressure. You have no idea just how strong you are until your only option is to be strong. You don’t know what’s inside of you until your pride is ripped wide open and your plans are ripped apart.
Ahhhh, that’s what it is sister. You’re in the unveiling process. The unveiling of your potential. You’re about to see what your creator placed inside of you. It’s beautiful and it’s powerful and all this time it has been hidden.
But this potential has the threat of being crippled. Yes, being held back and unable to perform it’s full intended function. What has crippled your potential?
I know about being crippled. There was a time in my life when I COULDN’T get out of bed. My legs no longer worked. I couldn’t feed myself. My arms no longer worked. I couldn’t speak. My mouth drooped and words could not be found. My brain had suffered injury in a stroke and I was crippled. All that I had once done with ease was gone in an instant.
There, laying in that hospital bed, I appeared crippled, but I was still FULL OF POTENTIAL.
You want to know why I’m jarringly excited about a new day of life every darn day, THIS IS WHY! (It’s still my favorite review on iTunes, a slightly irritated listener who couldn’t handle my morning pep referred to me as jarring. I’m not hating, I appreciate her honesty and it still makes me giggle. I am jarring, but dang I can’t be boring after what I experienced!)
Want to know why I have crazy energy the moment my feet hit the floor every morning, THIS IS WHY! By God’s grace and divine touch, I’ve overcome the thing that threatened to cripple me and I’m getting to experience my potential.
I get to see these once crippled legs can run marathons. I get to see this body that once couldn’t get out of bed can now climb mountains. These eyes that once went blind and couldn’t focus get to see the beauty of the horizon as I jump out of an airplane at 14,000 feet. These hands that couldn’t hold a spoon to feed myself can hold a paddle while whitewater rafting. And this mouth that couldn’t form words can now speak to thousands as they each greet their new day of life.
That was always my potential, but you couldn’t see it when I was crippled. I couldn’t even imagine it at the time, but it was there.
Now, let’s talk about your potential. Oh girl, there is a world of potential inside of you. How do I know? Because I know your creator. As a follower of Christ, I know the spirit who now lives within you. There’s no question of the potential in you. No stronghold could hold you back. No chain can bind you. No darkness can put out your light … unless you let it!
Remember the story of the crippled man laying at the pool of Bethesda? He had been crippled for 38 years. He was laying by this pool of water because every day when the pool was stirred, the first person to get in the water would be healed. Day after day he lay there, hoping for a healing. Hoping to overcome that which had crippled him. But he couldn’t pull himself into the water before the others, so years passed as nothing changed.
That is, until Jesus showed up.
John 5: 6-9 “When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?