4 comments on “Let’s Chat

  1. I don’t think potential or potentiality can have an expiration date. If you consider the direct definition of the word:”Anything that may be possible; a possibility”.
    potential meaning a possibility, a chance or opportunity for something to exist or come to be, Being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result; efficacious; influential.”
    It may be true that some do not use their potential, and leave it to waste, but having potential is to always have the possibility, not necessarily the opportunity, however. But to say potentiality has an expiration date, to cease to exist, would only be in death, For
    it is also defined as inherent ability. Inherent is to be entwined inside oneself, everyone is born with potential. So while your moment to act to your full potential may expire, the ability is always there. I feel that is redundant, but anyhow, main point being: potential is any inborn gift or talent from God that can be used or wasted, but everyone has potential, always.

  2. I don’t think that potential necessarily has an expiration date; but I do believe that opportunity has an expiration date, and that it may be easy to confuse the two. If we are numbed to His call or choose to disobey and not follow His leading, then we can pass up opportunities, but I don’t know that I could firmly say that we can lose potential. The Apostle Paul utilized his potential much later in his life — Moses spent forty years on the back side of the desert, but God was training and preparing him during that season– At Samson’s lowest potential and humbleness before God, he killed more Philistines than he did in his youthful arrogance. Ephesians 3:20 says that God is able to accomplish infinitely more than we can ask or think through His mighty power that is at work within us. I think as long as we have breath, we are able to be used for God’s glory- if we are willing to submit ourselves to His calling.

  3. I look at it like being pregnant (not that I know, but I’ve been around it). Every day past the due date becomes more detrimental to the life inside. Untapped potential eventually will past it’s due date. My 2 cents anyway. Great thought provoking question…thanks Phillip.

  4. I initially also thought that by definition potential could not have an expiration date. . . On the other hand, have you ever heard anyone say, “Oh, it’s so sad, she HAD so much potential”?

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