A Key To Reaching Your Full Potential In God

God’s gift to us is “potential” and our gift to God is to develop it. In many ways we have to leave behind what is familiar, safe and secure in order to step into another level of growth and development. We won’t grow until we move out of our comfort zones.

Flying Off A Ministry Cliff

I remember when God called us out of Oregon to start our church in Fremont (in the San Francisco bay area) . We were comfortable in our church in Oregon. We were well liked, had good friends, a decent salary, medical coverage for the family and job security. It was at this time the Lord dropped a thought in our hearts to return to Fremont (my hometown) to plant a church.

At that moment we needed to make a choice. Do we stay in Oregon and continue in ministry or do we allow God to continue to develop and grow us by being obedient to His voice and take the flying leap off a ministry cliff? Planting a church is no easy task, especially in San Francisco Bay Area. We said, “yes.”

Take On The Responsibility To Grow

The decision to leave Oregon and move back to California was big. We knew that the skills that helped us to be successful in Oregon were probably not the skills that would make us successful in Fremont.  We needed to grow.

So we diligently put our trust in the Lord and took on the responsibility to personally grow in order to fulfill God’s call in our lives. We read books, received counsel, got around mentors, went to conferences and listened to cd’s and watched dvd’s and prayed… a lot!

Great People Grow

Great people don’t become great by staying in their comfort zones. Think of Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Daniel or Paul. Each of these men had to grow in order to fulfill their God-given assignment. So do we.

Author and contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series Alan Cohen says, “To grow, you must be willing to let your present and future be totally unlike your past. Your history is not your destiny.”

Someone once said, “I have always been more motivated by the possibility of success than by the fear of failure.” Faith toward God and personal growth is the difference.

God Will Stretch Us To Reach Our Full Potential

Well then, how do I grow? Read books, study the Word, listen to audio and watch video, get around people who can help you and challenge you. Do you have mentors and coaches? If not, you should. These will help you grow to your full potential.

Here’s what I discovered, God will stretch us to grow us. We will never be fully ready to do what He requires. Therein lies the tension. This tension keeps us dependent on the Lord and personally growing.

The difference between my deficiency and my capacity is my diligence to keep growing. Trust God fully and grow intentionally.

Do you struggle with personal growth? If so, why? In what ways to you keep yourself growing?

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  1. deandeguara Nov 5, 2013 at 5:46 am

    I have wanted a personal coach for years because I know I could grow more intentionally. I’ve had to do without, so I’m constantly hanging out with leaders that are living at a larger capacity, I listen to several leadership podcasts, read leadership blogs and books, and writing my own blog has helped me significantly. I’m not at my potential but I’m pursuing it and I think God designed it that way. Thanks PG!

    1. Greg Simas Nov 5, 2013 at 7:37 am

      When I discovered that many Senior Leaders for church and ministry organizations were being coached, I was surprised. Coaching was not even a thought a few years ago, Now I am finishing up my first year of coaching Building Champions and it’s proved to be essential. I am experimenting with John Maxwells year long course on developing a personal plan for growth (by actually going through it) and will be entering into my second year of coaching.

      Love what your doing, too. Pass along what leadership podcasts and blogs your are listening too and reading.

      1. deandeguara Nov 7, 2013 at 7:13 am

        Podcasts worth your time:
        Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast
        Jesus Culture Leadership Podcast
        Perry Noble Leadership Podcast
        Rainer on Leadership
        This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt

        1. Greg Simas Nov 7, 2013 at 8:05 am

          To be honest, I have not listened to any of these. I am just warming up to podcasts all together. I have the Apple Podcast App on my Mac and started using it about a week ago. I’ll look into these. Thanks!

  2. Brian Del Turco Nov 5, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Thanks for the solid post! I a short chapter by Francis Frangipane this morning in ‘The Days of His Presence.’ Abraham’s father, Terah, lost his son Haran. He journeyed with Abraham as far as a place called Haran and died there. I know Abraham was singularly called to Canaan, yet, could there be some sense in which Terah is a picture of someone who could not get beyond something from the past? Thoughts?

    1. Greg Simas Nov 5, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Hi Brian. Terah died at age ripe old age of 205 and if he was weak then Haran was the place the Lord decided to take him. On the other hand, it could be a great lesson for all of us to move beyond our past so the grief of our past won’t rob us of the life or our future. I would see the ladder as devotional and the former more factual (good hermeneutic).

  3. Dan Black Nov 6, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    What a great post and topic! Reaching our God given potential will always require us to move outside our normal routine and comfort zone. I’ve made personal growth a habit which I daily implement into my life. I thinking knowing the why of personal growth is so essential when it comes to applying it into our life.

    1. Greg Simas Nov 7, 2013 at 8:07 am

      Hi Dan. I’ve learned that if I remain comfortable I am not growing. God pushes me outside my comfort zones because He is a good father and coach. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

      1. Dan Black Nov 7, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        Glad to add to the discussion. Yes, it’s great to have God push us out of our comfort zone. Thank you for writing an amazing post!

  4. Caleb Nov 12, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I love how you worded this “take a flying leap off a ministry cliff”. Sometimes it seems like there are a lot ministry cliffs that God keeps asking me to jump off of. My initial reaction is always to go the long way around, do the safe thing and avoid them. Then I remind myself that if Jesus did the “safe” thing he never would have gone to Jerusalem when there were people looking to kill him there! I need to be reminded of that often and that keeps me jumping and keeps me growing!

    1. Greg Simas Nov 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

      Me too. My tendency is to be too calculated and play it safe. But the safest place to be is in God’s will regardless of the outcomes. I am ETERNALLY grateful that Jesus obeyed the Father and went to Jerusalem!

  5. Felix Dec 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I am struggling PG because i am yet to know what GOD really wants me to do, i don’t really know the direction or the path to follow in life but still i am yet to loose Hope in GOD, i keep praying growing and meditating in His Word daily believing and counting on his guardians that one day God his going to bring out the Best in Me.

    1. Greg Simas Dec 2, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      You have the right perspective and attitude. The Lord always guides hearts that are open and moving forward as yours is.

  6. Lin Dec 2, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Hello there – Looks like I’m the first woman and African American to post on this awesome site and hopefully won’t be the last. First, I want to say I really enjoyed your article on loving the Lord with all your soul, heart, mind and strength. God really used you to open my mind and heart to His revelation. Ironically, I had just prayed to the Lord about revelation regarding this passage. Jesus is alive!! Secondly, I was contemplating going back to school for my Ph.D. The piece on loving God with all our strength solidified it for me. And finally, thank you so much for the encouragement regarding writing. I’m now ready to take the leap as a thinking Christian who loves to walk out Matthew 28:18-20. Thank you so much Greg.

    1. Greg Simas Dec 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Hi Lin. I draw strength from all the kind words. Thank You! I am thrilled that these posts helped solidify your decision to go back to school and after your Ph.D. I am glad that in a very small way I get to share your journey. May the Lord continue to bless you. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and sharing! Come by again.

  7. Micah Dec 10, 2013 at 2:27 am

    I loved that opening line – ‘God’s gift to us is “potential” and our gift to God is to develop it.’ So easy to think of potential and the desire to develop as our thing, and to forget the pleasure God takes in our becoming what He intended. I really enjoy the thought of it being a ‘gift’, like a kind of worship, it just makes the whole thing so much sweeter. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Greg Simas Dec 10, 2013 at 7:12 am

      Hi Micah. Glad you enjoyed post. I pray we maximize all that the Lord has given to us. We get to honor Him with all that He has given us. Thanks for dropping by and joining the discussion.

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