Affirmations of Others Cannot Measure Your Potential

BY: KENDRA CAGLE

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Everyone has potential. We excel in different fields, but there is a place for each of us to succeed. When measuring out our potential, the greatest influence often comes from the observations and opinions of those we respect. If our boss says we have potential to move up in the company, our perception of our potential brightens. We strive for affirmation and encouragement from the experts. The problem is that human observation and opinion are often flawed. People make judgements based on subjective experiences, which don’t always lead to the best instincts about others. Basing our level of potential and worth on someone else's views can misguide us or even cause us to lose sight of our goals amidst our need to impress. 

There are several truths to come back to if you ever doubt your abilities:

  • God can and will do amazing things in and through your life.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20

  • God has called you. If He led you to the job/situation you are in, He is aware of the immense potential in you.

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Ephesians 4:1

  • If God puts you somewhere, don’t let your work stagnate. Keep growing and moving on the path where he placed you.

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” Ephesians 4:15

It's perfectly acceptable and useful to look to your superiors and those you respect to judge how you are doing and where you are going. Still, don't let these opinions become the only truth you hear. People don't know you like God does. God has filled you with potential, and it may be in fields and situations that you and those around you could never expect. Find your worth and the measure of your potential in God's love for you. Follow where He leads and dedicate yourself to growing and working for His glory. 


Kendra is a loving wife, tired mom, and lifelong preacher's kid. She currently resides with her family, 2 cats, and 1 dog in a little blue house in Oklahoma.