Barriers to becoming... - Part 1

August 30, 2008 / by Michael K. Redman

Today I encountered two stories today about the barriers to "Becoming", or said another way, achieving our God given potential.  One of them was a movie my family and I went to go see called "The Longshots" about a the first girl to play at the Pop Warner Football Superbowl.  It was a great reminder of how we all have talents deep within us and sometimes they are in areas we orginally had no interest in.  We need others around us to help us see our gifts and skills, to call to our attention what we could "Become".  If we are to "Become" an image of what could be then we need people who believe in us to speak up and then help us to become equipped.  It may not be easy or simple but since when did great things not take great effort.

The other event happened in a conversation with someone close to me, who shall remain nameless.  This friend is someone who is amazing at so many things.  They are intelligent, compassionate and hardworking but they struggle with the way they see themselves.  This person has great talents in an area that affects their life but does not excite them.  What I see and hear are things like, "I'm not good at that" or "I don't like it" but this is not really the core of the issue.  I can see they are good at it and the more they learn the more they do like it.  These are just red flags that cover up a fear that comes from somewhere in this area and it is this fear that also stands in the way of "Becoming" what we could be.

I know this is vague but I want to talk about this while honering this person.

There are many pieces to "Becoming" our potential in ourlives.  Part of it is having people around us to help us "see" the posibilities and then to help equip us.  Another part is to look at the fears we have and face them.  Either way we need to walk with others to succeed.

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