On the first day of every week, there is an extramural activity in my son’s school called “play ball”. Deducing from the name, I was of the impression that it was a soccer or rugby practice session. I was not sure what this was, so I decided to sneak into one of the play ball sessions and watch what this entailed. I was amazed to note that this was not quite what I expected. This play ball session had to do with a variety of games such as lawn tennis, soccer, rugby, cricket and many other games.
This appeared, to me, to be too much game for a 6 years old child, so I decided to inquire from the coaches (after taking a few pictures of the kids of course) to find out why so many games. I received a very interesting response. The coaches explained to me that these kids are exposed to these games at an early stage in life in order to assess their potential. Based on the kids performances, they will be assigned to the specific discipline in which they are good at.
The word potential is defined in the English dictionary as:
“Latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness”.
This definition seems to suggest that every potential leads to future success. This is not true. For example, let us examine the game Basketball, this was polished up and perfected by the African Americans in USA who were marginalised and denied the right to decent work and executive roles. These African American decided to congregate and throw balls in little baskets which became basketball today and producing African American Billionaires.
Looking at the black South Africans and examining how they have very good singers, you will have to go back to the days of apartheid. In those days, the blacks were oppressed and subjected to horrible killings. Back in those days, black South Africans were not even allowed to bury freedom fighters. This brought great distress and sorrow. The black South Africans drowned their sorrows and found comfort in songs and hymns. This perfected their music potential or vocal cords and has produced excellent musicians and singers that are recognised worldwide such as Rebecca Malope.
These examples above lead me to redefine potential. Here is how I define potential:
“Hidden and dormant abilities which only gets developed and perfected to succeed if a force or pressure is applied to it.”
This definition of potential is not found in any book on this earth. This is the definition given directly by the Spirit of God. Your potential is hidden until a pressure is applied to you. Life’s pressures are a necessity to produce a successful you. There is much more in you that what you see. You should not only remain in that office and scratch your head, you have been loaded with divine potential. Here is a powerful text of scripture:
Ephesians 3:20 – Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
There is power at work in you right now called the Holy Spirit which causes you to do more than you can ever imagine. This means that there is nothing you can possibly conceive which is beyond you. Don’t remain where you are, arise my friend and conquer. Go forth and take over the world for Jesus. If you listen to what others say about you, you might forget who you really are.
Pray this prayer aloud:
“Father, I know that I am full of potential. I can do all things through Christ, the anointing that strengthens me. My hands are strengthened and my feet and girded with truth to go forth and conquer. I refuse to accept life’s defeat and I know that all things are working together for my God in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
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