This past week has been so much fun! I have been spiritually on top of the world. God and I, have been like two peas in a pod. My distractions have been starved, and I am focused again on my vision. Yet, in my moment of vulnerability, I realized that I was not living up to my fullest potential. I was allowing vulnerability and content with my present hold me from my promised future.
Potential-noun| latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.
As a child, I have always had big, big dreams. I wanted to be a teacher. At one point I wanted to be singer, but that didn’t really work out, for I’m “pitchy” now a days–whatever that means. Anyway, about two years ago, I went to create a vision-board. If you don’t have one, I suggest you create one because it really holds you accountable to your purpose, but I keep on digressing. Anyway, this week I have not been battling with sorrow and pain, instead I have been battling with contentment. For example, I have always wanted to be a teacher. Now, I am teaching, and I find that I am good at what I do. I also don’t want to jump off a cliff everyday. In fact, I quite enjoy this line of work. The students love me. I love them. I enjoy creating innovative lesson plans to generate interest. I also enjoy helping the youngsters build character. On the contrary, when I look back at my vision board, I see that I wanted to travel. I want to live a life on stage. I wanted to earn my doctoral degree in English. I want to write book(s). I want to spread the message of love, light, and joy, globally.
So, this week, my prayers have been in reference to questioning my purpose and God’s plan for me, again. I asked God, do you really want me to travel the world and talk about love? Or Can I just stay here and love the kids? God’s indisputable answer, every single time, has been a unanimous, “No, you have greater work to do.”
On the contrary, I’m learning that in order to reach my fullest potential, old things in my life had to be sacrificed. I lost lovers. I lost friends. I have to sacrifice sleep. I have to sacrifice money in order to reach my vision. With that said, living fully according to your purpose may require you to temporarily give up comforts, yet contentment is the death of growth. A comfort zone is cute, but nothing grows there.
Break it down, B:
The funny thing about God is that s/he will answer. It may not be when you want, but when s/he answers, s/he answers. For instance, the day I prayed with the most eagerness, I met a older woman who had retired from teaching for 39 years (salute queen). I asked her if she could do it all over again, would she. Her response was yes. Then, I told her about my dreams and goals. She then said, “I am proud of you because you have accomplished so much.” Then she said, “but follow your dreams. If you don’t, you will regret it” I cannot stand that word, regret. I don’t want to look back at my life anymore than I already have and feel sadness for something that occurred or did not occur, or worse: wonder forever “What if?”
Next, I went to bible study that same night. What was pastor preaching on other than “Daring to Believe God.” He taught on how some of us are called to take risks in order to do the work God wants us to do by achieving our dreams. Finally, I thought [okay God, okay fine]. I will stop being a punk. I will not settle for comfort. I will go for all my dreams, according to your will.
So, I ask you to consider the following:
What dream have I been holding back from?
Have I been complacent?
Have I been content with this basic level of success?
Is there more for me?
Can I be more?
What is God calling me to do?
I only ask because it is my belief that every single person has a gift and/talent that we should use to glorify love. If we are not we are (a) perishing and (2) wasting our potential (III) chasing the wind (that’s not even possible, boss)(Ecclesiastes 2:12) I recognized first hand that is easy to get the big head and take the level of success we have achieved as life, but there is much more for a lot of us, and working toward that potential well help us grow as people while emitting light onto the world. So think about it. Are you really living up to your potential?
- The moment you get on board, God will open doors.
- Always keep your eyes on the prize.
- Power runs deep, you might surprise yourself.
“Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.” Dorthy Height
Salute: Go ahead and put on your best potential, and WERK.
be light. Work your talents. Together we can spark a light pandemic.
Britney “Bird Nefertiti” Newton