Who Told You To Quit?
If you were to stand in the middle of an apple orchard you would witness the potential of a seed. If you were to hold an apple in your hand, the orchard’s evidence of potential, you’d be encouraged to know that the seeds it contains have the same potential to become an orchard. The things you excel in, the ideas that have become successes are just the beginning of your potential. We often quit when a dream of ours is realized not understanding that there are countless other dreams waiting in line to come true. Here are the best 3 reasons to never quit on your potential.
1. Perfection takes patience
Just as a seed needs the right combination of water, soil, and light to sprout, the right conditions allow you to tap into your potential. Have you ever found that you’re more productive when a certain type of music was playing, or after you've cleared the clutter around you, or even a conversation with a friend that sparked inspiration? Your potential requires specifics, divine connection, and order. What God has so carefully placed in you should never be haphazardly used in any environment. At times, we quit on our potential because it doesn’t just spring out of us carelessly, and it’s easier to let it remain dormant than to prepare a place for it. When the seed of a mighty oak tree is perfectly planted, its beauty is unspeakable, its shade a respite for an afternoon nap, and its branches a cozy nest for birds. Quitting would leave the greatest of voids.
2. Potential takes practice
Approximately 20% of businesses fail in the first two years! Throw in a pandemic, political unrest, and division, and that number increases. Most successful entrepreneurs we see today are not wealthy from their first business. Warren Buffet spent $200 million dollars on a failing business before wisdom kicked in. Larry Page, the creator of Google, failed miserably at first and even missed out on a chance to create the world’s first-ever Facebook. These billionaires aren’t in a corner somewhere harping on their failures, they’re continuing to change the world, relying on the manifestation of untapped potential. Failing isn’t a reason to quit, failing is the art of practice. We can take what we learned about a failing business, relationship, or ministry and continue our walk of faith toward the next great thing we have waiting to be unleashed. Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
3. God’s promises are true
There’s a bitter, foul air around regret; a terrible place to call home. It runs so deep and stirs so much sorrow that it’s almost tangible. There is spiritual anticipation as we walk out our potential day by day, it’s the posture that God has created us for. Hopeful, faithful, strengthened, encouraged; the list goes on, and it’s because we have the promise of potential that allows us to get through trials ever confident in the One who has created us. “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 Being human is the greatest evidence of God’s glory, surely such dirtbags can’t be the chosen vessels that reveal the power and love of God? Yes! We can rejoice knowing that we are more than enough in Him. Our potential will be tested, bloom in the right conditions, survive failure, and show the world God’s wonders as a promise. We aren’t quitters. We’re believers!