To be honest I couldn’t write this until the NBA Finals had reached their conclusion. What I noticed during the interviews between games three and four was that much ado was made over the Warriors possible 16-0 post-season record. The discussion only highlighted their potential. Potential doesn’t mean anything if we don’t show up. We must put in the effort. Rise to the occasion. Show up like you are meant to be there. How we handle the possibility is what matters most.
My friend made a comment the other day. He said, “Look forward to the challenge.” He was speaking of opportunities we are given. I took it to mean that we should thrive on the chances when they’re given in order to make what we want happen. Sounds reasonable, right? However do we really show up every moment like we were meant to be there? That’s what achievable goals are like. Moments we were born to be a part of. That’s what potential put into action looks like. The same is true of our potential in God.
Rehaboam is a supreme example of potential. The following was the legacy left to Rehaboam. These were the men who shaped his potential in life. He was born to rule. The grandson of David, a man after God’s own heart and the son of Solomon the wisest man in human history. Yet in his first act as King he fails. (Acts 13:22 & 1 Kings 3:5-12.)
Rehaboam is asked by the nation of Israel to lighten their workload. If he agrees they pledge their fidelity to him. Rehaboam is advised by his friends to be harder than his father, showing his strength to his subjects, but by his father’s trusted elders to give the people what they desire. The choice before Rehaboam is simple: mercy or carelessness. He fails in his selfish choice, carelessness of his people’s plight. (1 Kings 12:4-17). It costs Rehaboam the nation. Incidentally this is the beginning of the Israelites being enslaved and removed from the Promised Land.
The point? We all have potential. We even have the capacity to surpass it. The Warriors: 16-1 record, NBA Champions for the second time in three years. What area of your life are you facing the choice between potential and failure? Are you showing up every moment like you were born to be there? If not stop limiting yourself. You can’t do it alone. Look where Rehaboam ended up! Surrender your all to God. Live the life you were born to by determining to be present every opportunity, every moment, and above all asking God for discernment and guidance.
If you are unsure of how to accomplish this in your life try praying the following scriptures. Lord God grant me: “He holds success in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right, just and fair-every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.” Proverbs 2:7-11.
Lord grant me wisdom like that of Solomon. “God gave Solomon wisdom and every great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the sea shore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the east, the wisdom of Egypt.” 1 Kings 4:29-30.
Try these out. I must warn you only try if you are ready to see change. God shows up and delivers beyond what we ask when we cry his word out to him. Have a fantastic weekend. Thank you for reading!