Leave Your Full Potential This Side Of The Grave

For some time now; Terah had been living in a place called Ur of the Chaldeans (today’s Iraq), and his dream was to move his whole family (three generations including him) to own the land in Canaan (today’s Israel).
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Genesis 11: 31a
Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan.
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So, he took his family; and together they set out from Ur to go to Canaan. That was their goal- To reach Canaan and have access to ownership of land! But in the middle of their journey, they came to Haran and settled there instead. They decided not to put in more work to finish their journey.
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verse 31b- …when they came to Haran, they settled there.
 
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The bible doesn’t say why they settled in Haran. Maybe it was due to common reasons why most people (yes; even you) give up on their goals and settle for second best:
1. Fear
  • Whenever humans are faced with a threat; our survival instinct kicks in, and we react like any animal in this situation! We have The Fight Or Flight Response. The two options come naturally. We either fight to survive, or we simply hide ourselves(throw in the towel) out of fear.
  • This family probably went through a lot of unpleasant threats throughout their journey- Maybe pain, disappointments, opposition, etc. And they probably thought “Enough is enough! We can’t handle these obstacles all over again!” So, the fear of experiencing more unpleasant threats made them throw in the towel and settle in Haran.
2. Fatigue
  • Fatigue usually brings us to a point where we struggle to visualize the future, and we assume our situation is unique.
  • This family probably went through so much physical and/or mental strain in this journey, and fatigue made them give up their dream and settle in Haran.
3. Failed Results 
  • Whenever we put a lot of hard work in something; we expect the results to match our hard work. If they fail to match it, we get discouraged and we stop working hard.
  • This family already walked many kilometres; and by the time they reached Haran, they probably discovered that they were not even half way to Canaan- “All this hard work, and we get such little results!”  They got discouraged, and decided to give up by settling in Haran.
4. Faulty Confidence
  • Whenever we go through the seemingly ‘never-ending struggles’ in our lives, we gradually develop bad habit of thinking negatively. We then lose confidence in ourselves, and end up lowering our standard.
  • Because of their ‘never-ending struggles’ of the journey, this family probably were thinking “Maybe this dream is too big for us to achieve.” And that made them lower their standard by settling for a land that was second best.
If you are not careful; these four obstacles can make you give up on your dream… They have the potential to make you give away what RIGHTFULLY belongs to you.
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  • I have seen business people who gave up on their business ventures and settled for 8 to 5 job;  just because- in their mind- it took too long for business to take off.
  • I have seen students giving up on the degree they are passionate about and settling for their second choice, just because the first choice is too difficult and/or too long.
  • I have seen people marrying those who are not the spouse of their dreams and settling for second best, just because “You know what; I’m not getting any younger!”

The opposition may be bigger than you, but refuse to give away what’s rightfully yours!

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But what scared me the most about this story is verse 32- Terah lived 205 year, and he died in Haran. Notice that- just like most people today- Terah went to the grave with his vision not reached. He joined the many people before him, who died with untapped potential still within them.

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Dr. Myles Munroe once said:

  • “The wealthiest places in the world are not your gold mines, oil fields, diamond mines or banks; but is the cemetery. Because there; lies companies that were never started, masterpieces that were never painted…”
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Most people die with the potential within them, and the people who are left behind are robbed of that treasure. Terah too, left his family with a half baked breakthrough. The descendant of Shem, but settling for second best. Anointed to influence; but not using up his full potential. We will continue the story in the next post.

– But for now; these are lessons learned from this post:

Lesson #1:

It doesn’t matter how big opposition is! You have a God who is BIGGER, so fight to get what’s rightfully yours!

Lesson # 2:

A Leader should know that failing doesn’t make one a failure.

Lesson # 3:

Dying with potential still within you is not Leader- like.

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8 thoughts on “Leave Your Full Potential This Side Of The Grave

  1. I like the way you write, very chronological..
    It reminds me of a particular analogy my coach always uses talking about love and/or perseverance. It says: “perseverance is like a water drop constantly dripping on a piece of concrete..One day, it will make a whole in it..”
    Leaders ought to be armed with perseverance.

  2. The power of words of a Leader for Himself and future generations. Words Under Toxic Influence, to Be Very Careful of. And Dying Empty, Finishing the full tank of Potential Within US.

    Thank you Tata Gape.

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