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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Potential

Apprehension, Excitement, Anxiety, Anticipation, Unsure, Over-Confidence and pure fear......
saw it all yesterday as I manned a station for our high school registration day.
The girls hoping they chose the right hairstyle and outfit for the ID picture and the guys hoping they have gotten taller and muscular but caring less about the picture.  And then there are the kids that just don't care.  And you can see it in their eyes and in their hands as they shakily handed me their form.

With every passing student, I met with a smile hoping to encourage them that it was going to be
Me and my girl at her 8th grade "graduation".  Now a Freshman!
okay.... Whatever they were wearing, whoever they were and whatever emotion they were feeling.  Because I know sometimes that is all that we need.....
that who I am today is okay and that someone believes in me
Emerson says-
“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” 
And I saw it all over the room.  Potential.  A new school year.  Young minds and hearts longing to become.
And I just wanted them to know that God loves them and sees.

God sees our potential.  And I am thankful.  In fact, He even has a dream for us; all a part of His story.  Somewhere in the middle of what everyone says we are, all the images that are shoved at us, we lose grasp of what God says our potential is.  Comparison is a potential killer.  And in the comparing we forget who we are.
I saw that as each wandered from station to station, waiting for the picture to be taken and the new schedule for the year to be viewed for the first time.   The sizing up and sometimes disappointing looks.  Hoping someone will nod of approval saying "yeah, you are doing just fine" or for just one friend to walk over and say hi.

Yes, this is High School.   Yet I still see us- grown up, kids maybe of our own, still looking around the room for that nod of approval.  Hoping we are okay. 
Will we ever stop putting our approval and potential in the hands of others?

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Find who you are in who God has created you to be.......no one else.  And not even the limits we place on ourselves.  Because we do that and decide what God can do. Some of us even tell God what our potential is.   But He sees our potential.  And only in a relationship with Him can we find the true potential we possess.

And then live up to that.

Are you living your God given potential?  Or everyone else's

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