But it’s a lie.
Potential is not a sacred responsibility.
Potential is a harsh mistress - seductive, never satisfied, prone to exaggeration, nearly impossible to figure out. Those who pursue her inevitably end up in the poisoned land of self-centered priorities and me-first decisions.
But it’s a quest that’s often justified with pious platitudes about following God’s calling and using all the gifts we’ve been given.
However, God’s highest calling won’t be found there. It’s found on another path, far removed from the “me-first” orientation of the maximized potential crowd. It’s found on a seldom traveled side road filled with opportunities for sacrifice, service, and self-denial.