Passion



Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Potential

I can't help but be disappointed with K'wame. It's awful that he cheated on his wife. But frankly, it's absolutely none of my business, but I'll pray for healing in that relationship, on all sides, him, wife, kids, and all those around him.

I remember when K'wame ran for Mayor the first time. I remember saying "he has such potential", he had (has) the potential to do such good. To take the Youthfulness he possesses with the connections of his parents and turn this city around, or at least begin turning the freighter, albeit slow, the turning had started. Unfortunatly, he did not use his "powers" for good. It's a shame.

I was sitting with some friends yesterday, all of us at completely different places in our lives, but friends, friends that I think in some ways we will be tied for all times, in prayer, and in love. Sometimes you just can't help it.

I started thinking about lost potential, or not living up to the GLORY we can bring to God because we don't live up to our potential. I have gifts, I try to use them as much as possible. If everyone used their gifts, think about how great this world would be. Think for one second how many times you've passed on giving someone a compliment just because you didn't want them to get a big head, however, you were not aware that as God laid that on your heart, it was the time they needed it most.

I think about how I could have shown the love of Christ to someone because of my own issues, like they get on my nerves. But I didn't because I couldn't get out of my own way. I think of the potential I have to be a good mom, to show my daughter love, or to be a good friend, to drop off a meal or do something for someone, for whatever reason, and sometimes, I fall flat on my face, This is not to say that I don't do those things, it's just that I am saying that I don't do them as much as I should.

I think about how many times, we blame others for not doing something we should. "what have they done for me?" or "when is someone going to do something for me?" "how come I am always the one?" . I have friends who tell me I do too much for others, not thinking of myself. How do I just come out and say "it's not about me, it's about Him". You'd think that's easy, and while I am a huge lover of Christ, sometimes I just don't feel like seeing the "eye roll". I just don't. I don't really think that if I had every word in the world, they would ever understand, but I think if I show them, if they see joy in me, and the joy in others, they will understand. I sign my emails "Live life in such a way that those who don't know Jesus will come to know Jesus because they know you". (Mark 9:35Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.")

The potential I have (because of me) is nothing. I am nothing. But the potential for greatness because of God (that's in me) is huge-mungous (gi-normous).

Luke 18:27 Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."

4 comments:

Elizabeth said...

thanks for this! sometimes i need a reminder that i need to move over and make more time for others!

i love you!

Pat said...

K'wame did more then cheat on his wife (again), he lied under oath, and I do believe it is our business because the integrity he shows in his personal life is reflective of his integrity in government. Judge him - maybe not, being held accountable yes. Prayer is most definitely in order.
You are so right about potential - how much impact it would have to withhold a kind word is a scary thought.
Great lesson.

Margie said...

Pat,

I have learned over the years that I stay out of the business of affairs, all the integrity, oh, that's totally my business... lol... but often there are victims who chose not be victims, they have chosen to let their husbands live like the wish.

But there is always destruction in their wakes.

Sara said...

potential...what a huge concept, huh? and only God knows exactly what it means. great post. xos