You Don’t Have to Live Up to Your “Potential”

Potential by Holley Gerth

Dear You,

In the quiet moments as you drive, drift off to sleep, or stand washing dishes at the sink, certain phrases might come to taunt you. They could sound like this:

“Maybe I should do more.”

“Maybe I should try harder.”

“Maybe I should perform a little better.”

Thoughts like these run through our minds, and in return we run through life never feeling like we are enough. What if we don’t live up to our potential? Wouldn’t that be the biggest waste? And yet the world would probably say that Jesus didn’t live up to his “potential.”

He could have fed more hungry people.

He could have healed more of the sick.

He could have ended injustice once and for all.

Have you ever thought about that? And Jesus didn’t reach the end of his life and say, “I didn’t live up to my potential.” Instead he said, “It is finished” (John 19:30).

In other words, “It was enough.”

You are not called to live up to your potential—to do as much as you can, as quickly as you can, for as many people as you can. (Hint: potential is usually just a code word for other people’s expectations.) You, my friend, are simply called to say yes to God.

With all your heart.

For the rest of your life.

Until the day he says you are finished.

And yes, it will be enough.

Because there is no greater success than being a servant who simply brings joy to your Master . . . and you do.


Holley Gerth

(Inspired by John 19:30; Gal. 1:10; Col. 3:23 and adapted from If We Could Have Coffee…{ebook} )


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About Holley

About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

Cheering you on,


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