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Potential

This morning I read Psalm 96 and 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. I thought of some things I could write about, but I kept being prompted to return to Psalm 25.

So, having blogged about Psalm 25:1-3 yesterday, I’m blogging about verses 4-5 today.

A brief interruption: on my worship playlist, the song Jesus, be the centre has just come on. I smiled because there is a line in the song which goes, ‘Jesus, be my vision, be my path, be my guide, Jesus‘! It seemed to confirm to me that I’m being guided by the Holy Spirit and that I’m on the right track for this blog post. I’m not at all sure why I need to write it, but that doesn’t matter to me, I’ll write regardless.

Before my morning coffee with Abba I checked my Facebook newsfeed. As I was scrolling I came across a Ted Talk by Emilie Wapnick. Her Ted Talk focuses on Multipotentialites: people who go from one thing to another because they have a creative and curious mind and don’t stick to one role or job. They have potential in a lot of areas. She explains it much better; here is the link to her talk: https://youtu.be/QJORi5VO1F8

Basically, I could identify with her a lot. I guess, although I never knew it before, I would consider myself to be a multipotentialist. I think one of my daughters is too. But, like Emilie says in her Ted Talk, I have always seen that as wrong, and myself as wrong for being wired that way. That links in heavily to my blog post yesterday about shame.

I was interested, therefore, when I re-read Psalm 25 and noticed the section on guidance.

Psalm 25:4-5 says, ‘Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long.

Rather than denying who I am, and how I’m wired I can embrace it. I can, however, check in with Abba and let Him guide me towards my next adventure. There’s a lot for Him to teach me, and I’m very willing to learn from Him. Seemingly flitting from one adventure to another, might not mean that I never reach my full potential. Rather, the many different adventures I explore and complete build me up for the potential that Abba has in mind for me. That releases me into further freedom to both: be me and follow Him.

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