Don’t Underestimate Potential

What’s your potential?

If you’re like the majority, you underestimate it.

But God doesn’t. Oh no, He believes in your potential. Even if you’re too old. Even if it’s taken long enough, and then some. When there is no time. When all is dead. When everything is exhausted. God still believes you can reach your potential.

I know because He believed in Sarah’s potential. (No, not me. The mother-of-our-faith Sarah.)

Genesis 17:15-19 (NLT) Then God said to Abraham, “Regarding Sarai, your wife—her name will no longer be Sarai. From now on her name will be Sarah. And I will bless her and give you a son from her! Yes, I will bless her richly, and she will become the mother of many nations. Kings of nations will be among her descendants.”

Then Abraham bowed down to the ground, but he laughed to himself in disbelief. “How could I become a father at the age of 100?” he thought. “And how can Sarah have a baby when she is ninety years old?” So Abraham said to God, “May Ishmael live under your special blessing!”

But God replied, “No—Sarah, your wife, will give birth to a son for you. You will name him Isaac, and I will confirm my covenant with him and his descendants as an everlasting covenant.

God saw potential in a ninety year old woman.

God saw potential in a ninety year old womb.

God saw a pregnant woman. God saw a mother. And not merely a mother of one child, but the source of nations and kings.

Not even Abraham could see the potential in his wife. He gave up on their child-bearing ability long ago.

But God reaffirmed she still had potential.

You see, God never gives up on potential.

So why have you given up on yours?

Your dreams are not finished. Your potential has not shrivelled up and died. Though the world has turned against you and life seems as barren as a ninety year-old womb, your potential lives. You can still reach your potential.

It’s not over by a long shot.

Believe. Hope. And step toward your potential.

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Sarah Coleman is wife, mother of two boys, writer, pastor, teacher and friend. She loves Jesus with a passion and the feel of Australian sand beneath her toes.

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