Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Being a virtuous person”
Our Bible verse for today: “I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and now, I am convinced, is in you also. Therefore, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given you a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” 2 Timothy 1:6-7 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “See the potential in others.”
One of the virtues the Apostle Paul possessed was an ability to see the potential in others. With the notable exception of Mark, the cousin of Barnabas, Paul had a unique ability to see potential in others and then to lift them up and encourage them to become all they were intended to be by the Lord. His mentoring relationship with young Timothy is probably the most notable example of that but there were others also, including Silas, Tychicus, Onesimus, Luke, and in later years (after reconciliation) Mark too.
Paul understood and practiced a principle that modern psychologists have long known to be true, that if you are an influential person in someone’s life, and if you treat them as they are, they will probably remain as they are. But if you treat them as you believe they can be, there’s a strong chance they will become what they could be. In other words, believe in people. See the potential in them, speak words of encouragement to them, lift them up, and help them to move in the direction of becoming what you know they can be.
There’s a famous story about a music teacher in Liverpool, England in the 1950s. In his class he had both Paul McCartney and George Harrison as teenagers. School records show that this teacher believed them both to be mediocre students at best, with little aptitude for music! Think about that – he had one half of the Beatles in his class and he didn’t notice anything special about them! Talk about not recognizing potential! Fortunately, in this case, Paul and George went on to fulfill their potential anyway – without the encouragement of the music teacher.
Jesus certainly had the ability to recognize potential in people. He selected some of the most unlikely characters to be His closest disciples and to then carry on His work for Him – characters like loud mouthed fishermen (Peter, James, John), a dishonest tax collector (Matthew), and a violent insurrectionist (Simon), just to name a few. These were men who didn’t believe in themselves, but Jesus did believe in them.
I encourage you to see the potential in people. Develop the virtue of encouragement. Be a source of motivation for others and help them to become the man or woman you and the Lord know they can be.