People are amazing. I’ve witnessed great things and seen people rise to the top of their profession or their sport, or perform some task that I could never see myself doing. To look at them, you’d likely never imagine them doing anything amazing. We’re all familiar with the story of the ugly duckling. You know – the small creature who was pretty awful to look at when young, but grew to become an amazing creature to behold who was the envy of many. Or David in the Bible, who was a shepherd boy who possessed a courage and a faith that allowed him to defeat a giant. Or Bill Gates, who was a geeky and gangly guy, plus a college dropout who became the most wealthy man in America.
These examples have two things in common. They all had something all along that we just could not see, and they were all judged unfairly at one time or another. People didn’t see the possibilities, only the potential limiting factors. The duckling was ugly, David was but a shepherd, and Bill Gates wasted all his time playing with computers.
People failed to see what they could later be.
We do this to each other every day. We bypass greatness and prioritize negative. I’m glad God does not take that approach with me. People judged Jesus many times as well, completely unaware that the savior of the world was inside that humble physical body. Here is an example from the book of John:
John 1:44-46: Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote-Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph". "Nazareth? Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip.
And then they took him to meet Jesus, who quickly impressed Nathanael and changed his tune. Apparently Nathanael had not had good experiences with the people of Nazareth, and was quick to judge anyone from there, without even meeting them. Do you see where the attitude changed? It was when Phillip told Nathanael, "Come and see", and Nathanael opened his eyes and his heart to go see the possibilities. He allowed himself to be expectant. Afterward, he witnessed incredible things; but, prior to that, his views were limited by unrelated experiences.
My views are limited by my faith in people and my prior experience as well. God never designed it that way, and I believe he wants us all to see the possibilities and expect great and wondrous things. This particularly applies to His children. He wants us to believe in each other. He wants us to "come and see" what people can do. The next time you see someone who has not outwardly impressed you, intentionally ask yourself what God has put in them that is wondrous and amazing. Expect great things from them, and you may be surprised what you get. Then turn that thought inward. Just imagine what YOU can do with the greatness God has made you of.
Gotta go – there is greatness out there awaiting me today, and I expect to see it!
Have a great week – seeing greatness!