Andrew brought his brother to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which is translated as Peter). (John 1:42)
I LOVE that Jesus said this to Peter. He sees the best in Peter. He sees him according to his potential.
There’s a term we use in life coaching. We help our clients to, “step into their greatness.” We help them to see that they can do the hard thing. We help them to realize that they have strengths and abilities that will enable them to have wins. We believe in them. It’s similar to what Jesus did with Peter.
This is good for me to think about today, because I’m struggling with this need to be on top of everything. And I have so many balls in the air, that it’s impossible.
What would God say to me? How would he tell me to step into my greatness?
As I prayed about it, here’s what I felt he said. Stepping into my greatness isn’t staying on top of every single thing. I step into my greatness any time I pray. I do it when I work in the yard and feel close to Him. I do it when I meet someone, actively care for someone, or just listen to them. I do it when I use the small talents he gave me by writing a blog or singing a song on the guitar.
Stepping into my greatness is being the person I was created to be.
I’m also struggling today because I just took had a big life coaching evaluation. I had to coach another teacher for my final in my class. I did my best. I passed. But I couldn’t help but feel disappointed, because I didn’t do the job I wanted to do.
Maybe that’s a metaphor for my life. I do my best, and it’s passable. But I want to do more. I want to do better. I want to be great! Ugh, I know that can be prideful. But it’s such a strong desire.
So I prayed, and talked to God about my discouragement, and I heard Him tell me that I did achieve greatness with my test today. He reminded me of how, a year ago, I stepped out and actually started working towards my dream, and began studying coaching. I took classes, including this last class, which was sometimes very scary. I had to coach in front of my classmates and receive criticism. I had to face my insecurities that I would never be good as a coach, and push past them, and resolve to learn and improve. I had to try to make my business grow. I went out and met strangers, and networked. I developed a workshop and put it on for the women at church, and then made it available to other women. And finally, I studied and did the assessment today, which made me feel nervous and vulnerable.
All of those things were stepping into my greatness. It wasn’t that I had to do perfectly on the evaluation.
How will you step into your greatness today? Will you listen to the voices that tell you that you have to be perfect? Or will you listen to the loving voice of the one who made you, and be the person you were created to be, and know that the small things are actually big things?
Will you care about someone today? Will you do something that’s courageous for you? Will you act for God, and not yourself? All of these things are stepping into greatness.
Jesus believed in Peter. He believes in you, and your potential. What name would he say you will be called? A name that means compassionate, brave, gentle, faithful, leader, encouraging, resourceful, energetic?
He’s equipped you to be that person. You might feel like you’re just “passable,” or that you don’t look like you think you “should” look. But Jesus thinks you’re amazing! You will light the world with who you are, one step at a time.