Potential?


My friend, may I ask you a question? Are you able to keep your heart open to finding potential in the midst of your mundane life? There is one prerequisite however; you and I need to believe we can. Without a believing heart will you ever reach the potential to excel as you should.

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Here’s some good advice: Be happy you have something to do no matter how mundane it might be every day. Even though you might be forced to do it, doing your best, however boring or monotonous it seems, breeds virtue, endurance, and a potential that comes from necessity. Remember the old adage: "Necessity is the mother of invention?" There's a lot of truth in that old, wise saying. For example, a number of years ago I'd been working on some pretty tedious fence-building projects around here at Beech Springs. Pounding in posts, stringing and tying wire can be pretty monotonous, tedious and, yes, a bit boring. It monopolized the better part of my weekends for a number of weeks. But in the process of putting up the fence I ended up building a gate. The gate needed to open in a certain way and had to be designed so that Annie, our rescue dog, couldn't jump it. In that moment and with that task the monotonous became novel and the boring became challenging. Now the gate needed to be designed to do something I would not have normally concerned myself with. But it was the monotonous and boring that had led to the potential for invention.

Keeping our hearts open to finding potential in the midst of the mundane can be rewarding. There is one prerequisite however; you and I need to believe we can. Without a believing heart we’ll never reach the potential to excel like we should.

Here's a story: Flea trainers have observed a predictable and strange habit of fleas while training them. Fleas are trained by putting them in a cardboard box with a top on it. The fleas will jump up and hit the top of the cardboard box over and over and over again. As you watch them jump and hit the lid, something very interesting becomes obvious. The fleas continue to jump, but they are no longer jumping high enough to hit the top. Apparently, Excedrin headache 1738 forces them to limit the height of their jump. When you take off the lid, the fleas continue to jump, but they will not jump out of the box. They won't jump out because they can't jump out. Why? The reason is simple. They have conditioned them- selves to jump just so high. Once they've conditioned themselves to jump just so high, that's all they can do! (Author unknown.)

It’s not unusual for you and me to do the same thing. We restrict ourselves and never reach our potential. Just like those fleas, we fail to jump higher, thinking we are doing all we can do. Sin limits us to reach our potential in Christ. In fact many Christians act out defeat as they just can't seem to overcome an addiction. If only we could keep our eyes on Jesus, and put our trust in Him, victory would be obtained and our potential could be reached! Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, the author of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. We can do anything in Christ; but there is one condition. You and I first have to open our hearts to the potential of that power and then believe it dwells within us. Only when we do will our potential ever be known.

We pray. Heavenly Father, the day-in and day-out tedium of life can easily numb us to the potential that you put into every day for us. Help us Father to believe that our potential to succeed in life as a servant of Christ depends upon our willingness to jump higher and work harder. Forgive us Father when we fail to discover the potential you put in all of us to succeed in Christ. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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