You’ve probably heard the saying, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” (That was William Shakespeare, and I admit that I had forgotten who said it and had to look it up.)
Well, I’d like to take a different stance and say that everyone is born great. Yes, some may achieve greatness or have extra greatness thrust upon them at some point in their lives, but all people are born with greatness of some kind inside of them.
Everyone is a treasure in God’s eyes, each one of us special to Him for some unique reason. Our value in His eyes is not based on our outward appearance or our personality or accomplishments. God looks at the heart and He values and loves us each equally. You are not special because of your particular personality and achievements–He gave you those particular personality and achievements because you are special to Him. He intentionally designed you with the unique facets that make up who you are. And that includes your own individual form of greatness–capabilities and talents and dreams that only you can bring to pass.
Before the earth was even in existence, God saw you and designed you carefully and lovingly to be who you are. He gave you your unique hair color, your eye color, your body type, your abilities, your personality, your likes and dislikes, and he planned out the story of your life to the smallest detail (Psalm 139:13-16).
You were designed to be great and to do great things. All you have to do is decide that you are not going to give up or live for yourself, and instead purpose to live out fully everything God has planned for you.
Everyone has the potential of greatness in their lives. You may not be able to change your appearance, or your social status, or your career situation, but that’s not what is truly important. What is important is your heart, who you are because of how God designed you. And your heart is moldable, changeable, capable of great transformation. A heart transformed into God’s image can accomplish great things that would be impossible to achieve otherwise.
We can never imagine in our natural human minds the things God has made possible for us (1 Corinthians 2:9-13). But through His Spirit living and moving in us, all of that becomes visible to our spiritual eyes so that we are more than able to accomplish great things for God, wherever we are and whoever we are.
With God all things are possible.
If you’ve ever wanted to do something great, to make your life count for something, but you feel discouraged and weighed down by the cares and monotony of everyday life, you’re definitely not alone. But don’t let those feelings of inadequacy and despair become your reality. While you’re hunkered down feeling defeated and useless, God’s just waiting for you to look up and realize He is there, His arms outstretched and hands overflowing with all the blessings and power that you could ever want!
He’s given you the enabling, created you with the talents and capabilities that you need for your specific mission in life. Sure, you may not be able to command the attention of an audience with your oratory eloquence, you may not know the first thing about playing the piano or the mandolin, you may have failed miserably in calculus, but maybe that doesn’t matter a bit, because maybe you simply don’t need those particular skills for your life mission.
Nobody can do everything; but everybody can do something. You are the best there can be at being you, and at doing what God has appointed you to do.
Ask God to lead you into your personal, unique life purpose–He will, without a doubt–and then get out and do it!
And next time you think that you are not doing much in the way of anything, stop–and remember what is possible through the Creator of the universe and who you are because of Him.
Hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks so much for reading and please feel free to add your own personal thoughts in the comments below!
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