So many of us feel like we don't have anything to contribute to God. We are unable to grasp our own usefulness. We can understand the need for different types of vessels. We can clearly see God using others to be beneficial for the Kingdom, but we can't seem to grasp our own potential towards usefulness. The bright and shiny are easy to see. Some of us have a more notable or upfront part. Some of us have a hidden or a lesser seen talent. One thing we should understand is that we all have potential to be a gift to bless others. 2 Timothy 2: 20-21 MSG "In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets—some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing." Seriously. Read that again. Compost buckets and waste cans. We might not see ourselves as fine crystal goblets or silver platters, but we can definitely see the possibilities for taking out the trash. Mercy. There is a job for everyone. It's about our perspective on our potential. Let's look at trash removal. Taking out the trash is an important job. We are definitely aware when it's been overlooked or forgotten. It's about removing the stink and the remnants of things that are no longer useful. Discarding stuff, eliminating wastefulness, organizing and cleaning up an area is definitely a useful endeavor. Potential. Compost bins take what once was trash, empty shells and the bits and pieces of yesterday and turn it into something useful for the future. If you have ever experienced composting it's a difficult task. The turning and churning takes elbow grease and persistence. It is not an overnight operation. It takes time to allow the breakdown of what was. It takes more time to replace it with something new. Potential. 'The Cracked Pot' is the title of a well known story. The little cracked pot didn't understand how he could ever be useful. It wasn't until he understood how his master was utilizing these very same cracks to improve his surroundings that he finally grasped the truth. The thing that he thought of as a flaw, was in fact, his greatest strength. Our greatest strength may be taking our position during a transformation. Using our hearts, minds and muscle creatively. The trash to treasure philosophy. Taking what was and making something new. Working towards the potential for tomorrow's new adventure. Don't discount your potential. It may not look bright and sparkly like someone else's, but it's just as important and it's all yours.