How To Reach Your God-Given Potential

“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” - Luke 6:38

Over the last couple days we have discussed what it looks like to “play with the cards you’re dealt” or in other words, how to use God’s gifts to reach your true potential and fulfill the calling He has for your life. As exciting as it is think about the idea that God has a special and unique purpose just for you, so many people fail to ever recognize their God given potential. We are continuing to talk about the reasons why one fails to reach that potential. 

Yesterday we discussed the threat of comparisons and how comparing yourself to others can hinder the work God intends for you to do. Today, we are going to talk about expectations. While comparisons are often the threat we create ourselves, expectations are often the threat created by those closest to us. Maybe it is a parent that wants you to eventually take over the family business or attend the school all your older siblings graduated from. Or maybe someone in your life has developed an arbitrary timeline of when you should be married and have children.

No matter who you are, others will always have expectations for what you should do. The problem is, these expectations are not always in line with God’s plan for your life. Listening to others and what they believe you should do can disrupt the direction God is leading you in and taint the impact you can have based on the gifts He’s given you. This is not to say you can never listen to those closest to you, as they often just want to see you succeed. But it is far more important to find success by being obedient to God rather than chasing the idea of “living up to expectation.”

Do not let the expectations of others, whether it be your family, friends, or even the haters in your life, distract you from pursuing God’s mission for your life. Ultimately you will find far more success pursuing His will than the will of any human being. 

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