Many of you know that I am a Seth Godin fan…haven't I said that before? Yes! Anyway, today's "thoughts from Seth" made a difference in my life today. I would say, "I don't know why"…but I do know why. As someone who is in their 50's, I need the encouragement in my life that says I am still growing…I can still learning…I can be the difference maker in my world to God's glory that I know God is calling me to be. Hey, as long as the Holy Spirit is alive and well, NOBODY is beyond potentiality…everybody who is filled with the power and presence of God is one of those that "God is not finished with yet"…everyone can have the opportunity to see what God can do in and through a life NOW and in the days to come. Nobody is beyond redemption…nobody is beyond God using them in new and powerful ways. Remember, Philippians 1:6? "He who began a good work in you…" If you don't know, look it up and live it. Don't accept your limits…accept and lean into your possibilities and potential. Pray that the Lord who rose from the dead and lives in us with this same resurrection power can will use your life and your abilities and your desire to grow and be more of what God sees in you…today, that's what I'm doing! Here are Seth's words for today:
It's absurd to look at a three year old toddler and say, "this kid can't read or do math or even string together a coherent paragraph. He's a dolt and he's never going to amount to anything." No, we don't say that because we know we can teach and motivate and cajole the typical kid to be able to do all of these things. Why is it okay, then, to look at a teenager and say, "this kid will never be a leader, never run a significant organization, never save a life, never inspire or create…"
Just because it's difficult to grade doesn't mean it shouldn't be taught. Never mind a teenager. I think it's wrong to say that about someone who's fifty. Isn't it absurd to focus so much energy on 'practical' skills that prep someone for a life of following instructions but relentlessly avoid the difficult work necessary to push someone to reinvent themselves into becoming someone who makes a difference? And isn't it even worse to write off a person or an organization merely because of what they are instead of what they might become?