God is always teaching me, if I’m willing to listen; willing to learn. Willing to put down the lesser important things and soak it up. DANG IT ALL if I don’t constantly find myself having to re-prioritize! But my inspiring husband brought me to tears in a good way, today. He was encouraging me to listen to the Lord’s voice, to remember his calling, ponder his purpose, & spend my energy (not in part, but all of it) to seek to be used by him to reach the lost, by way of my voice (and my hands). Oh, and drop everything that encumbers or weighs me down. This is key. This will be hard for me, because many things i enjoy for fun – are (if I’m being honest with myself) actually weighing me down – slowing me – distracting me – from attaining the very goals that my God has for me.
I can write 782 more songs
I can sing for thousands
I can learn 23 more chords
I can play guitar and lead people into worship
I can teach 30 worship songs to my children
I can sing to children who are sick & bed-ridden in a hospital, or to women in prison
I can do all these things & a lot more through Christ who will give me strength, but I need to first get past any shame and regret of NOT doing these things yet, have faith that anything is possible with the God I serve, and in everything I do, step out & do it whole-heartedly, as if working for the Lord and not for men.
A big, big thing I learned from Dr. Myles Munroe in ’07, is that the richest places on earth are graveyards. Far too often people die without fulfilling their full potential. But I will, yet again, determine to keep these accomplishments from going to the grave, decaying with my body when I die. My hands and voice, unused to uplift the sick & oppressed; my songs unwritten, unsung, unplayed…these can do nothing for His glory!
God help me. Friends and family, help me. Please keep me accountable to doing all I can to reach my potential in Him.
the best piece of info i’ve learned from dr. myles munroe is about a seed.
he wrote that God created everything once, and doesn’t have to create it again because within everything there is a seed to produce more of that thing. from plants to foods to animals to people…take an apple, for example. cut it open, place a seed from it in your hand, and you are holding a single apple seed. but are you really? no, if you see it as only a seed, you miss the entire point. within that seed is the potential to grow and become a tree. that tree, if protected, nurtured & fed will grow & eventually become a full tree with many apples of its own. each one of them has their own seeds to be able to produce hundreds more trees. so the fact is, if you hold a seed in your hand, it may look like a seed. but the truth is, you are holding a potential forest.
our enemy knows it, so this is why he tries to destroy everything of God’s, in its seed form, from the beginning, before it has the chance to grow & bring forth its potential. he targets that which is formed in God’s image (us), because he hates all that is of God, but specifically the youth and the unborn. abortion (of the human seed) has become rampant, 100,516 occurring every month, 137 every hour, one every 26 seconds. our youth have increasingly become more depressed & hopeless, leading to a teen suicide every hour & 45 minutes (triple the rate at 1970). it has become the 2nd leading cause of death in college students (those who should be primed & excited about discovering their life potential), & 3rd leading c.o.d. in 15-24yr-old youth. the more he kills, the more this generation & the next is held back from becoming all God has created it to become.
poetry & books will be never read. melodies & songs will never be penned, listened to, or change the hearts of men. stories & testimonies will never be told, lessons never learned, legacies never left. they will continue to rot, untouched below the earth’s surface @ the richest place on earth, the graveyard.
God has placed many seeds inside of each of us. and it’s our duty to discover them, protect them, feed & nurture them so that we can grow to become more like God. for He is Omnipotent ~ the embodiment of all potential. and once we stop limiting His power in us, stop the excuses, & stop relying on ourselves, we free Him up to do mighty things. our families, communities, ministries & whether we believe it or not, our entire generation can be dramatically changed with the realized potential God has placed in each of us. as a child of God, i need to re-examine my life & ask myself, “am i allowing any person, negative attitude or fear to rob me of my great potential?” yes… i am. and it’s time for a change.