“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” ~ Jesus of Nazareth, excerpt from the Gospel of Thomas …
What do I bring forth? Is it to the utmost of my capabilities, or do I reserve part of my potential and my abilities and only apply them where I see fit? We each have such an amazing and endless flow of potential within us, yet often times we fail to develop and emanate that capacity. In such instances, our hidden and undeveloped potential has a tendency to destroy us, leaving us with feelings of disappointment, regret, and dissatisfaction of having come up short. <!–more–>
Regardless of the reasons for hiding away our potential–fear, shame, pride, selfishness, or any of the multitudes of excuses–what we keep within us will never serve others or ourselves. It actually is a very selfish thing for one to do. This statement is not meant to be judgmental, rather, as a reflection on how our not giving to others of the gifts we have been blessed with affects them unfairly. After all, I have a firm belief that we each hold “pieces of others’ puzzles,” that are not ours to keep, and are needed by those individuals to become whole.
Jesus’s message holds only truth: the potential we keep buried within becomes wasted potential that diminishes not only ourselves, but all of humanity. Your potential can save you–it can help you to develop yourself and your purpose, it can endue self-worth and confidence, it can enrich your life and the lives of those around you, and it can cast light into the darkness of this world in which we live.
Discover some areas in which your greatest potential lies?
Questions to consider:
Why do many individuals experience fear when they think about reaching their potential? What might be some of the causes of such fear?
What is within you? Do you always bring it forth?
How can bringing it forth save you?
For further thought:
“I have no doubt whatever that most people live, whether physically, intellectually, or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make very small use of their possible consciousness, and of their soul’s resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger. Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.” ~ William James, The Principles of Psychology