Words matter. They matter a lot.
When it comes to potential, words make a difference. A wrong word can cripple potential. A right word can catapult you toward destiny.
Genesis 17:15 Then God said to Abraham, “Regarding Sarai, your wife—her name will no longer be Sarai. From now on her name will be Sarah.”
Sarai means my princess. Sarah means mother of princes, the source of nations and kings.
Abraham lost sight of his wife’s potential. He used to encourage her, but after a while he stopped telling her that one day she would hold a baby in her arms. It looked to be impossible.
But to God it wasn’t. And to ensure Sarah’s potential would come to pass, God changed their language.
Here’s few thoughts:
If the words you are saying about your potential do not line up with God’s, change.
Change the names you are calling yourself. Change how you speak about your mistakes. I know you might get down on yourself, but you are hindering your potential. I wrote an entire article about it here.
You aren’t just a princess, you are mother of princes. You have a greater destiny. Speak the future God sees in you.
Get around people who speak your potential.
Proverbs 27:17 (NLT) As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
Hang out with those who bring the best out in you. Be friends with someone who champions your effort to reach your potential. Have friends who, when you speak doubt, they speak faith. When you condemn yourself, they remind you of your freedom in Christ. When you feel like giving up, they tell you how brilliant you are and give you the strength to keep going.
Don’t underestimate the life-giving, potential-inspiring power of words.