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February 8, 2018, 11:20 AM

Seeing MORE

When you look into a mirror what do you see? You see exactly what's there...nothing more, nothing less. I'm asking you to see a little more. 

The dictionary definition of potential is possible as opposed to actual. Or this one is pretty good...capable of being or becoming. It's more than what you see in the mirror. It's more than what is there right now, but it's about what could be. So how do we see what could be in someone or even ourselves? 

1. If you don't see potential in yourself you probably won't see it anyone else. 

When Jesus said, "love your neighbor as yourself", he knew that we must first be able to love ourselves before we can extend it to others. I believe the same is true of potential. If you do not see potential in your own life you will not see it in others. You have to believe that you are capable of becoming more. You have to believe that there is something more that what you see in the mirror. When we give up on ourselves we tend to give up on other people. You have much potential even when you can't see it. 

2. Jesus showed us how to see potential in others. 

When Jesus encountered the woman at the well in John chapter four there were some obvious things that everyone could see about her. She arrived at noon to get her water when most everyone else arrived in the cool of the morning. This was possible evidence that she did not want to be seen. She was a Samaritan woman...that was a strike all in itself. She had a man but she was not married to him. She had been married five times. These were obvious and they weren't great for her. But Jesus saw more. He refused to let the obvious things about her take away from the potential that he saw. He continued to talk to her, and the outcome was nothing short of miraculous. 

She went back into town and told all the Samaritans about Jesus. Remember these were not Jews. These people were regarded as dogs by the Jews. They were low-class irreligious people. They were so excited to hear about this man named Jesus that they begged him to stay two days and tell them more. Many of these people became believers, because of the testimony of this woman. What turned into some "accidental" meeting at a water well turned into a revival of sorts. 

Our job is not to judge whether someone has potential or not. Our job is to assume that they do. This is why we invite people to church. This is why we invest in people. We believe that they have potential. We don't know to what extent or if they'll ever reach their full potential, but that's not our role. Our role is simply to do our best to help them. 

Paul said in 1 Corinthians chapter three that our job is to plant seeds and water seeds and God causes the growth. Just do your job and let God do his. If we will do our part I just believe he will do his. 

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