Did anyone ever tell you that you could be great? That’s what we secretly hope for isn’t it? That, in spite of what we see on the outside, we have within us what Zig Ziglar calls “seeds of greatness.”
Maybe that inner yearning is why I get all teary-eyed whenever I see this dog food (yep, dog food) commercial. Because I don’t know about you but, most days, the only greatness I see in myself a very great fear that I might not ever live up to my full potential. That my greatest success might be that I end up being the greatest failure ever!
In truth, the greatest failure ever would be to become a victim of that lie. To let myself be defined by past mistakes and let them keep me from fulfilling God’s purposes for my life.
John Newton, former slave trader turned preacher of the gospel once said, “Yet, though I am not what I ought to be, nor what I wish to be, nor what I hope to be, I can truly say, I am not what I once was.”
Here’s what I know. God sees our striving and He understands our weaknesses but He longs for us to rest in the knowledge that we are His children, made in His image. Which means we are, in fact, endowed with seeds of greatness. We’re just works in progress.
And that progress may seem slow-going. But, as followers of Christ, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us – giving us the power to do great things.
Indeed, inside every good person, is a great person! And no matter what we have been, God knows what we could be. That’s why He never gives up on us, and why we shouldn’t either.
So forget trying to be good. Let’s just go ahead and be great!
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
1 John 3:2
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