Week 37

“No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.” (Luke 11:33)

I have wracked my brain; years ago I heard a little song about having potentiality and I cannot recall it; it was intended as a child’s song. If you know it, puh-leeze remind me of it.

I write this from the perspective of an older woman, and I write within light of Scripture for my path is given fresh light daily, a new candle as often as I go for one.This light shows me my sin, shows me the way away from it and a light for others to see. The gift of light for our way and to light the way of others.

Truly we have times in our lives when we are not as responsive to light within Scripture. We may even miss it occasionally but I trust that there are days that every single word seems to be written as a personal love letter to you. The Words light up our days; we know, with God, that all things truly are possible. 

You have heard people say, “I’m good; I got this.”  Well, I rarely feel confident that I am so much on top of things, even the things that others tell me I am good at. The years go by and the Scriptures begin to speak more frankly to me. As I age, I feel an urgency to redeem time or make the most of time. 

Recently a verse inspired my thinking about potential: “As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.” (Joshua 14:11)  What potential Joshua had into his later years. I do not want to miss the possibility that God has given me potentiality for my latter years too!

You may have seen the dog food commercial, certainly not on par with the Scriptures, but also true: “A body in motion stays in motion.”  When I am working at my desk for hours, I aim to break it up several times with a short walk, stretches or some jumps on my rebounder. I hope my lymphatic system thanks me for this some day, for I have allowed this mini-trampoline a space next to my desk and it does not match my aesthetic. Priori-tea reigns; rebounder stays.

Ladies, we are not simply flesh and bones. If you have Christ, you have His Spirit within you. Imagine that! What potentiality you have! The very Spirit of God lives within each of us; how could we not do the remarkable? It is not my life goal to be be remarkable, but while living, working and serving others perhaps I will experience remarkability (perhaps, not a word, but you know what I mean.)  

As Christians, as believers, we run with giants and they have left paths, paths with big footsteps! Rather hard to miss. The Apostle Paul, Lydia, Mary of Bethany. Martha! Timothy. Peter; dear Peter. John, a special friend to Jesus. We meet so many people throughout Scripture with deep faith, abiding faith – yet people full of imperfections. Weaknesses and sins of David, Joshua, Noah, Rahab and yes, the mother of our Saviour are known, yet they remain heroes of our faith. They are examples of believers, in many cases people very much like ourselves. We are not so different. 

Ladies, I think we have potential to accomplish great things for God, keeping in mind that our accomplishments might not be a great thing in the eyes of the world. Each of us is created with purpose. Certainly we were created to fellowship with God, but I think it is beyond that. He gave gifts and abilities freely to us, then He added the gift of choice. What will we do with them?

Practically speaking, as opposed to spiritually speaking: What is there to talk about with someone that does not have interests and projects they are working on? 

Spiritually speaking, which is also quite practical: We were created for fellowship with our Creator. We would have so much more to talk about with God if we were busy with the things we were created for. There are seasons in life for rest, for prayer and meditation. Don’t feel guilty if this is a season of quiet. For some of us, a season of quiet would be God’s perfect will and we miss it for “busy-ness.” If we collapse with exhaustion, we may not sense the blessing of God upon that time of rest.  We may miss out on complete renewal. 

We may have abilities and interests in a dozen areas, but I think in order to reflect our greatest potential, we need to hone in. How do we do this? How do we maintain balance? It is by maintaining connection with God and His Words. That must be the starting place. This Book will guide us to learn new skills and to seek counsel and in doing so, draw us back to the Lord, for strengthening, more guidance and a new candle. 

The Bible is full of true examples of lives changed as paths changed. Close fellowship with the Father has to be the best way to discover His will and our potential as we face changes in our own lives. (Understanding always that our lives are not our own) A consistent walk will show us our potentiality and just as importantly, help us to develop it. 

Oh, Ladies, my friends, I hope the thoughts here help you along in your journey to reaching your potential. I have been challenged beyond what is comfortable for me as this essay took shape. Let your light shine; it will draw others to you. Remember, God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind! (From 2 Timothy 1:7)  I don’t see where age nullifies this promise. Let us continue in our journey to maximum potential! 

The thing that is on your heart to do …. Begin today!

When you catch a glimpse of your potential, that is when your passion is born. Zig Ziglar  

CRUMPETS: 

A book called UNSTOPPABLE, by Nick Vujicic. We all have reasons for not doing something remarkable. I have read three books written by this man, this one my favorite. Rather, I listened to it; he was the narrator too. I find biographies encouragements for within those pages, I learn how others have overcome their obstacles, seemingly reaching their potential, then they go and do something else! 

Did you know that you might be able to listen to a digital version of this book free through your library? Many libraries today offer digital books to read or too listen to. I like this option because I do not listen to many books more than once, so borrowing is a great option for almost any book we want to read or listen to!