Through the years I have known a fair amount of people.
Maybe not as many as others, but rest assured there are more people I know than the number of names I can recall. Some present a very “put together” visage, while others struggle to tie their own shoes. Some are organized, and others not. Some have a great personality, and we all know some of those who cannot learn how to be in a crowd!
Still, more than all of our potential for negatives, we come with a great host of witnesses for greatness. All we have to do is look at the previous billions of lives on planet Earth and we see the potential that each of us have!
I believe in God, and from my perspective that makes the Bible one of the best books to come along that gives me understanding of our history and the relationship God has always had with his creation. When he “spoke” this world into existence, scripture tells me he took the time to mold man into his own image.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7 NKJV)
The word “formed” means to squeeze into shape as a potter might squeeze clay into an image of a product he wishes to create. It also alludes to a mold made and from this very shape every subsequent human would take on the same basic image. It’s true, over time, each of us has become the unique person we are today, but we all have the same basic form.
Is that enough? Are we content with our shape? Personality? Visage?
I think not. Because at that moment of creation, God gave each of us unique authority, if you would, to rise up and become something better than we were at the moment of our birth. Consider what God tells us.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:28 KJV)
Notice those commands of God…
- Fruitful – Literally to bear fruit
- Multiply – Increase. Bring in abundance.
- Replenish – To accomplish. Make full.
- Subdue – Tread over. Conquer.
- Dominion – Prevail and reign over.
Does this sound like you? Perhaps. Too often we are satisfied with living below our ability and privilege. We are like no other creature on this earth. God gave humanity the commands and liberty to become all we are able to achieve.
He gave us tools to accomplish this. A keen mind, intellect, problem solving skills, analytical thinking, stick-to-it attitude, opposing thumbs, those amazing senses to encompass the world around us, and an incomparable curiosity to consider the what-if’s of life.
When we squander our ability to be better than we were yesterday,
Then we are wasting those God given attributes to pursue greatness.
Nor is this greatness measured in humanity’s eyes. No. What we become is nothing compared to what we could become. If only we tried. Quit living below your potential. We were destined to better!