Fact: A good instagram filter can transform a mediocre snapshot into a captivating nugget.
Fact: “Show me your friends are and I will show you your future.” – Unknown
This age old quote is timeless and unchanging. The quality of human connection has always and will always dictate much about a person’s life. Do not underestimate the power of your key people.
In Developing the Leader Within You, John Maxwell says a person consistently lives up to the expectations held by the people closest to him or her. For example, if the people closest to you believe you will never achieve anything in your life, you likely won’t. If they believe you are gifted and capable of wonders, you are much more likely to discover and develop your strengths and abilities, use them to accomplish all God intends you to – and walk in your calling and destiny.
To view others through God’s potential filter is to exercise love. This is how God sees us. This is love in its purest form. Exquisite.
Viktor E. Frankl, Nazi death camp survivor, wrote this regarding love: “Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true.” ― Man’s Search for Meaning
Be reminded: God is love.
Love sees the boundless potential in another. Love sees flaws, failures, selfishness, and mistakes – and responds by saying, “Yes … I acknowledge you are imperfect, but I see who you were created to be. I love and accept you right where you are at, but I need to help you to see all of the unrealized possibilities of your future. All of the unspoken hopes. All of the God-given desires. All of the budding aspirations – the undiscovered aptitudes, interests and knacks. All of the untapped courage and outrageous laughter. All of the striking moments and vivacious years. All of the tears and resulting resilience … All of the abundance of a full life.”
Yes, this is the voice of love … Love hung on a tree to offer this to you.
Love says, “I will do everything I can to move you towards your fullest potential in every aspect of your life – relationships, schooling, career and experiences. Love says, “I want to see you deeply fulfilled.”
Love is God’s Potential Filter. Use this filter when viewing others – spend time with people who will peer through it to look at you – and watch this filter brighten the world.