Our God Given Potential | A Lesson From the DNC Platform
I’ve been writing a series of articles geared towards family finances and have two more articles to complete my series. Did I want to finish that up before I went on? You bet.
However, yesterday’s fight at the Democratic National Convention got me side tracked a little.
Or perhaps an Almighty God sidetracked me.
For all intents and purposes, whatever or Whoever sidetracked me did so for good reason because I learned something really important, and I felt led to share.
Here’s what I learned about God from the floor fight over His name at the Democratic National Convention 2012.
Our God-Given Potential and the DNC Platform Fight
At first I thought the DNC platform fight was about God Himself; my concern being that the leaders of the Democratic Party right now did not even want God in their party at all.
With so many faiths involved in American politics and in this presidential election, I can at least empathize with any party who is trying to lead people of all faiths in a political system that includes many people of many different faiths.
But then I looked at the “God” wording that was left out of the DNC 2012 platform again this morning, and I saw it.
I don’t believe the delegates of the different faiths had a problem with the word “God” at all. After all, even the previous platform described a very generic god. Without mention of Christ Jesus and with only a reference to “God”, any delegate of any faith could have related to the earlier platform in that very specific sentence which said “… everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”
(See the entire wording at: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/05/democrats-restore-references-to-god-jerusalem-in-platform/)
Now while an atheist may have been less likely to have related to a God given potential, most people of any faith at all could have related to this. It sounded like we had a whole lot more than God-dissing dissenters there though. There had to have been people of “faith” who objected.
But without a reason of religion for those people of faith to be so objectionable to the wording, what then could be the problem?
That’s when I saw something today.
The DNC 2012 platform wording concerning God that changed HAD read:
“… everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”
That specific wording changed to:
“… each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.”
Here is what I saw today…
I saw a different kind of fight and it was:
God’s Potential for Us Verses Our Own Personal Drive
I think that’s where the problem really lies with many.
The feeling that we shouldn’t expect something from others; the assumption that maybe some people just don’t have any talent or skills at all; the philosophy that we shouldn’t make a person feel obligated to do as much as they are capable of; the idea that if someone doesn’t HAVE the drive, they shouldn’t be expected to do anything more than they feel like doing, are all foundational beliefs that could cause a person, even of a faith, to disregard the idea of having to work towards a God-given potential.
The thing is though, we ALL have some kind of God given potential!
Our Creator instilled in us something that is ours and ours alone to use on this earth. No matter where we have come from, where we will be tomorrow, or what we have or do not have as far as earthly possessions, we all have something to offer… to contribute… something to give away… something to do. Something to DO with what we have, regardless of our “drive”.
We have a Heavenly Father who has given each one of us something special just to our own selves, to our very own beings, be that some package of talent, skills, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, opportunities, friendships, relations, passion, personality, opportunities, or place in life.
When God gives you something, you better believe He expects us to do something with those things! “Drive” should NOT be an issue. “Drive” can keep us down if we don’t have it.
We need to look PAST drive and just do our driving!
Proverbs 12:24 says:
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; But the slothful shall be put under taskwork.
That’s from the American Standard Version since I felt it made the point so well.
If we work hard, things happen. If we don’t have the drive and do little or worse, nothing much at all, we end up becoming slaves.
We may be slaves to something, lifetime laziness, inability to break free from a sin, inability to break free from bad feelings or thoughts, or government help.
We may be slaves to others and consequently end up with a lesser view of ourselves as human beings created for a purpose, an attitude which is less than what God intended for us and less than what we deserve as we are all special in God’s eyes.
We could even end up as slaves to ourselves, never being all that God intended of us with the removal of an obligation to do something with what God has given us, regardless of what is is that we have actually be given as our very own.
But if we rely our our own drive alone sometimes, we risk being a slave to someone or something else.
It’s not easy living up to our God-given potential. It’s hard work doing that, and for some, a life work may be harder than for others. That doesn’t give us a pass to do just what we feel like doing though.
In fact, living up to our God-given potential forces us to believe we can do something and to work hard for whatever it is that we have that possibility of doing! We have to become responsible beings using every bit of our being!
That kind of sounds like conservative politics to me, and some may disregard the connection or disregard the entire idea.
But I’ll tell you what… If you believe in a God at all, and you believe He has a plan for you, I hope you know Him enough to believe He loves everyone enough to have a plan for them as well.
If you can do that, then just take it one more step to the realization that God never creates plans to just be thwarted by someone’s drive, or lack thereof. God expects us to succeed in His plan for each of us, regardless of our “drive”.
I’m a Republican, a conservative GOPer, one of those #tcot people on Twitter. But I have Democratic roots too. The two people that brought me into this earth had two different political leanings, one Republican, one Democrat, and while I went the political path my mother took, I was my Democrat daddy’s little girl.
I am not trying to belittle what we saw yesterday with the DNC delegates. I’m just trying to call out a reminder and a challenge to those who may not always best help the people of our country find that God-given potential that IS possible in their lives.
Give credit to a God who provides potential in ALL people.
Give honor to a God who expects all to work towards their potential.
Expect it all to be hard sometimes.
Give a hand when needed.. sure… but NEVER give an excuse to keep things as they are.
I’m guess I’m saying I think it is OK to encourage ALL people to have a drive – to find a passion and to have a drive, to expect people to DO something and not just stand back. Perhaps this is where my conservative political leanings come in.
But I still feel there is a lesson to be learned here, both from the DNC platform and FOR the DNC- EVERYONE has something to offer. EVERYONE has a God given potential.
Don’t take away the God-given potential of people away because you want to leave the drive out of the equation!
Can you step up now and expect us all to work at that God given potential even if it is hard to do or they don’t feel like doing it?
As I mentioned at the very beginning of this article, I was in the process of another task, a task which I had set for myself.
But I felt led to another task, a different potential goal than I had for myself.
I took the step I was given to do, regardless of my own drive at the time. I’ll now trust the Lord to do what He can do with it. At the very least, I believe taking on a God-given potential is better than just letting myself be a slave to my own desires and ambitions.
My own drive would never get me anywhere good at all. No, never.