My husband wanted me to talk about potential today because he is working in the yard and he sees so much potential in what his plans are. When bought our country property a few months ago it was overgrown with grass and weeds so tall that I could hardly walk on the land but I saw the potential that this property could be beautiful. It was hard for my husband to see past the grass and the weeds grown up and honestly he wasn’t too sure that we could turn it around. Now that we are getting the yard in order it is easier for my him to see the potential. The same concept applies in our relationships with one another. A lot of times there is grass that is overgrown and weeds that need to be pulled. But once the grass has been cut and the weeds are pulled that’s when you begin to see the potential that is there. Sometimes the enemy blinds us and we focus on how tall the grass is and how many weeds are around us and we can’t see who God is shaping us or our spouse to be. Over 15 years ago I met him on a sales call and he was the warehouse guy, besides the fact that he was exteamly handsome I saw that he had so much potential. He was stuck at a job that he was not happy with but after graduating with a finance degree he was discouraged because he did not like corporate America. I saw his so much potential in him and knew that someday he was going to be all that God is calling him to be. Seeing potential in people is important and a gift that is needed because a lot of time all someone needs is for someone to believe in them. God sees the end from the beginning, he knows the potential that we have and we can’t lose sight when we are going through the process. It makes me think about Joseph in the bible. God gave him a dream that his brothers would one day bow down to him. It didn’t happen over night and he went through a ton of trials before this happened in his life but it did happen. You see, God saw the potential in Joseph but that’s what is was… potential to one day be great! There was a process that he had to go through in order to be all that he was called to be. When we are going through this process it is often painful like when Joseph was almost killed by his brothers who were extremely jealous of him and the dream that he had that they would one day serve him. Then he was sold in slavery, put in prison. I am sure he had to feel all alone. God gave him that dream, and while going through all the trials he went through he could hold on the what the Lord showed him. After going through his suffering, he was molded and shaped into becoming all that God had prepared for him. He was put in charge of the highest position and was able to save his entire family from the famine that came. God knew the potential that he had but is was still up to Joseph to go through the trials and overcome the test before him. When he did, he was used mightly by God. Just like Joseph, you have potential and you are in a process. You may not see what you are being shaped for or you may not see the potential in your spouse but God does. He knows what he is doing. Don’t let the enemy blind you from seeing the potential in your marriage or your spouse. Start praying that your spouse will become all that God has planned for them.