I was reading a children’s book to my youngest son, the other day called “Amazing Grace” by Mary Hoffman. This story was about a young black girl about 6-7 years old. She loved stories either read or told to her. She would act them out and pretend she was in it. She had a great imagination and would act out any part with enthusiasm and excitement.
Sometimes she would play by herself and act out all the parts of a story or when Ma and Nana weren’t busy they would join her in the adventure.
One day at school, Grace’s teacher mentioned that they would do a play, “Peter Pan.” Children raised their hands, including Grace, to be picked for the part. One boy told her she couldn’t be Peter Pan because she wasn’t a boy. One girl told her she couldn’t be Peter Pan because the character wasn’t black. But Grace didn’t allow these distractions get her down; she kept her hand up. There were so many hands up for the Peter Pan character that the teacher decided to have an audition the following week to choose parts for the play.
When Grace got home, she was sad by the comments that were said to her earlier. Both her mom and grandmother cheered her up and affirmed that she could be anything she wants to be if she put her mind to it.
Matthew 18:3 (AMP)
And said, Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all].
These children hurt her feelings but it took one positive remark to get her back on track again. She knew what she wanted and she didn’t allow those negative comments change her mind.
I’m not sure what’s worse; the cruelty of children when they want to be mean to each other, or the unforgiving hearts of adults who want to bring down a person. Both can have similar impacts at their respective age. The amazing thing about children is that they typically forgive very easily. They may be upset with you one moment and kissing/hugging you the next. They forget why they were upset. The Lord wants us to be this way with our relationships.
Matthew 18:21-22 (AMP)
21Then Peter came up to Him and said, Lord, how many times may my brother sin against me and I forgive him and let it go? [As many as] up to seven times?
22Jesus answered him, I tell you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven!
Forgiving others takes us one step closer towards reaching our potential.
The story teaches us a lesson that we can be anything we want to be if we put our minds to it. We all have potential in us and the Lord has equipped us with the tools to grow that potential into a reality. How do we use that potential and apply it to our lives? We may not think we have the possibility to do something but the Bible says in I Samuel 16:7, “…For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” If the Lord knows us better than we know ourselves, then that is the source we need to go to find out what that potential is. Simple? Yes, it is!
We can’t rely on our own to figure it out because it will always be less than what God has for us. When we rely on ourselves, we are limited. When we rely on the Lord, our potential is endless.
Jeremiah 1:5 (AMP)
Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart…
He set us apart to be on His side and spread the Gospel. Doing this comes in all shapes and forms. When we know what that is, we can be like the character “Grace” that played her part with enthusiasm and excitement.
“I am a promise, I am a possibility,
I am a promise, with a capital “P”,
I am a great, big bundle of potentiality.
And I am learning to hear God’s voice,
And I am trying to make the right choices,
I’m a promise to be… anything, God wants me to be.”