“A great big bundle of potentiality…”

Empty promises and broken dreams.

If there’s anything that this package of life contains, it’s those two things. We’ve all fallen in love before. Some with people, some with things, and some with ideas. I am a victim of the latter, unfortunately. I see the potential in a person or a situation, and I am so fixated on bringing out the best of that person or situation. Everyone deserves to have their fullest potential brought out. But the issue with falling in love with an idea is that, in some cases, that’s all it ever is- potential. It can be better. They can be better. Does it necessarily mean that it will get better? No, it doesn’t.

We’re so stuck on what can be instead of focusing on what’s in front of us. We’re so hell-bent on potential when the reality of life and bloomed potential surrounds us every day.

“How do I give up something (or someone) that I’ve spent so much time on?” This must the question that looms over us and ricochets around in our minds. My advice is don’t see it as giving up but merely letting go. Isaiah 43:18 (NIV) says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” Dwelling on the past has the potential to end in vicious cycles that you do not want to be involved in.

In verse 19 of Isaiah, it goes on to say, “See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” This verse is not only the comfort that you need but also the reassurance that God will do a new thing in your life. He’ll make a way through the rough seasons. He’ll satisfy every need you have. He’ll give you the desire of your heart if it is His will. This is the perfect reason why we are encouraged not to “dwell on the past.”

As God makes a new way for us we must acquire a new mindset. A mindset that is in alignment with our new path.

Let’s vow to not fall in love with potential but to fall more in love with God. With ourselves. With each other.

 

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