Seeing Potential

crucibleofdoubtSecondhand shopping hones your ability to see something that others may not—potential. The ability to see something not for what it is but instead for what it can be is a great gift. If I . . . bought the five-piece furniture set with matching lamps for each room in my house, it wouldn’t really be worth mentioning. . . . If I piece together hand-me-downs and create a beautiful space, well, that’s something special. I want to challenge you to start looking at things—and people and situations—for what they can be, not what they are. I think you’ll find treasures in all aspects of your life, treasures that have been hiding right under your nose. . . .

I’ve always loved the fact that God sees potential in each of us, no matter how big we’ve messed up or how broken we are. Isn’t it awesome that we can take that example and do the same thing—not only in castoff furniture, but in others and even in ourselves? I’m incredibly thankful for potential. It means that in the right hands, the ordinary can become extraordinary.

The Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” —1 Samuel 16:7

Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people. —Luke 1:68

I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God. —Job 19:25–26

From Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening © 2014 by Thomas Nelson (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission. Order your copy of this new Women of Faith devotional now.

Comments

  1. 1 month ago
    Mack329 says

    Hey… Great Post …
    Thanks

  2. 1 month ago
    Tanya says

    Wow, I never thought of the word potential in this way. I am a somewhat crafty person so this post really related to me. Thank you for the comparison and for sharing! Great Bible verses too!

  3. This: “I’m incredibly thankful for potential. It means that in the right hands, the ordinary can become extraordinary.” Indeed. So grateful for that potential, too. In my kids, myself, my marriage, with friends. Even with furniture! And I just had my first experience refurbishing an old table, so this is fresh in my mind! :)

  4. 1 month ago
    SANDRA THURMAN says

    THANK YOU SO MUCH THAT MESSAGE , I LOVE TAKEING THINGS AND SEE WHAT I CAN DO WITH THEM. I NEVER THOUGHT, THAT IS HOW ARE HEAVENLY FATHER LOOKS AT US:)

  5. Agreed look at David, he messed up a lot but he was still known for being a man after God’s own heart. God sees our potential and does not remember our mistakes.

  6. That is a very important message you shared. Thank you! We all have that potential in us! Amen!

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