A little girl walks up to a farmer’s house and says, “I would like to buy a watermelon.” The farmer says “OK, little girl. All the watermelons are $1.00.” She looked in her hand and held it up and said, “But I only have $.35.” The farmer said, “Well, I’m sorry, but all of our watermelons are $1.00.” She looked again and held her hand even higher and said, “But I only have $.35.” The farmer looked down and realized this was going nowhere fast. He thought for a moment, scratched his head, looked out onto the field and said “You see on the third row, the fourth watermelon down, the little round one? You may have that one for $.35.” She said, “OK”, handed him the money, went down the steps and skipped back toward the main road. He hollered, “Wait, little girl! Don’t forget your watermelon!” She replied, “Oh, I’ll be back……when it’s all growed up.”
You see, the little girl understood potential. She knew that instead of looking at the watermelon as it currently was, she needed to look at it in terms of what it could be. As we look at people, maybe we could take a lesson from that little girl. Instead of looking at people as an inconvenience – look at them as an opportunity. Call them forth in their prophetic destiny.
The little girl reminds me of God’s faithfulness to me. When I was 21, I was not where I could have been. I needed to grow. I was carrying a lot of junk and baggage. In His grace, He picked me up and dusted me off. Within moments my life was changed and my countenance was anew. Today I still need a lot of work. I believe Jesus still sees the potential in me. He consistently reveals His faithfulness – and I believe He sees the potential in you too.
Let’s be intentional about seeing people as an opportunity.
When we do – we will help our peers walk in the fullness of what God has for them.