Dr. Ron Reflects: Reaching Your Potential

Dr. Ron Reflects plans

“And the man of God answered, the Lord is able to give you much more than this.” – 2 Chr. 25:9

Are you all you can be, and doing all you can do? I would assume that we would all answer honestly in the negative. Very few of us have reached the full potential that God has in mind. He has a plan for each one of us and will provide us with both the desire and the ability to implement it. But, we have our own ideas about who we are and what we want to do, and have a tendency to go our own way. We don’t turn to Him to see what His plan is, but choose to muddle our own way through life.


It bothered me in my years of teaching to encounter so many students whose potential exceeded their grasp. They were willing to be average, to be satisfied with mediocrity, when they could very well have excelled with more effort. We can only fully recognize our life’s potential when we establish a close relationship with the Lord, and depend upon Him to lead us into a more abundant life. He leads and we follow using our gifts and talents to get things done.

Character is who we are on the inside. It describes the true inner person and the traits that make us who we are. It is the part of us that others cannot see. Competence is our ability to do things, and includes our natural abilities along with our complementary education, training, skill development, and experiences. The world tends to place doing above being. However, the inner potential must be fully developed in order for the external expressions to be fully realized. Our works flow out of who we are and should be a reflection of our abiding in Christ and Him in us; be and then do.


Jesus said that He came so that we could have a more abundant life; so that we could be all that we could be and do all that we could do. He knows all there is to know about us, including our potential, and how we can maximize it for His glory. It makes sense for us to trust in the Lord if we are to reach our potential.

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Dr. Marionneaux is the author of our "Dr. Ron Reflects" column. He is a long-time college professor and church elder whose hard fought experience and insight are an invaluable asset for understanding the world in which we live.