Devotionals, Five Minute Friday

Searching For True Potential

I am a grown women who is seeking out her potential. Can you relate?

Top of my high school class, college graduate, wife and mother but still, sometimes I don’t see the purpose in all the heartaches, fears, and trials in my life. I wonder when the refining will end and the shiny creation will emerge embracing whatever crazy will that the Lord has ready for me.

I have dragged through the murky waters for years on end hoping that I would achieve that gold star that loved ones wanted for their trophy case. Kicking and fighting, testing and seeking, and I still haven’t achieved what I was told to by the pounding voices all around me.

If I haven’t made my mark in the world that I have been part of over my days as daughter, student, wife or mother, do I stand to have a glimpse of hope to ever reach that top mark that would set my family name in the lights?

Will I ever get to the point of paying off the debts of money and time spent in arguments over my life goals.

Speaking of those goals, I don’t even know where I am in those, other than running a race that only ends when I meet up with those pearly gates. When I think of the prize that my eye is ultimately on, why do I continue to fret over being thought less of because of the path that I am on? I wonder why I let the fiery darts of rejection or being thought less of phase me when I have been called to something more than any degree or career could possibly earn me.

Finding myself thinking through all of this in a blog post pushes me to let go of these potential things and place my mind on the things above. I know it’s hard to let go of the expectations that have bit at my heels for forty years. Still seeking to be the Lord’s hands and feet, my mission has changed and I am seeing the need to embrace His will over any other thoughts on the matter.

Now it is time to embrace what true potential is. The Lord provides the truth in all things.

Ephesians 3:20 ESV 

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.

Degrees and circles of influence cannot truly get us the ultimate fulfillment that our hearts earn for. We cannot be filled by small talk when we want to soar in an abundant life.

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Ephesians 2:10 

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

The work, the fulfilling life and the true mission lies in the work set before us by the Lord. He will provide and He will prepare us in all things. I see this and even as I dread facing the giants of supposed failure, I see the truth beating down those things that want to keep me submerged in the muck.

We soar in all things when we keep our eye on the truth and our lives rooted in the Lord.

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5 thoughts on “Searching For True Potential

  1. First born here, too and I could have written your words Maryann! Jennifer’s advice to “just show up and trust God” are a nice compliment to the wisdom you share here in this post! I have a feeling that “fighting the muck” is a life long quest but how comforting to know we’re not alone in the fight! Cindy

  2. I find myself wondering if you are a first born. So much of your journey of achievement and desire to arrive resonates with me. The Lord keeps telling me to just show up. Trust Him to do the rest. Blessings and joy to you on this journey!

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