Realizing our potential

The Commonwealth Games, a multi-sport festival that takes place every four years and currently involves athletes from 72 nations, opened today in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The Commonwealth Games Federation describes one of its aims as to “help Commonwealth athletes, citizens and communities realise their aspirations and ambitions” (

My own athletic endeavors, including representing England in the Commonwealth Games some years ago, have helped me see how fully realizing our potential occurs more on a spiritual than a physical basis. Progress comes from turning to God as an ever-present source of infinite power—not to set records or win medals, but to let God’s goodness shine through us in unique ways.

The Old Testament prophet Isaiah assured the Israelites, “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength” (Isaiah 40:29). This divine help is available to all, equally. Man (which includes all of us)—made in the image and likeness of God, as the Bible describes him—is not a limited mortal struggling to squeeze more out of matter. We are spiritual ideas, freely reflecting the unlimited abilities God has given us.

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