How big is your potential for good?

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Faith and inspiration

By Charles Towne

Wow! This is a question that deserves an answer!

I’m not used to hearing voices, and if I was, I probably wouldn’t admit it for fear of being taken for a little weird. (Yes, I know, I a m a little strange – but just one a little Warning! But there was a time when …)

Well, it’s been thirty years or more, and I was in dire straits in my life.

One night, I went to bed, and as I was lying there, I cried out to God, “Dear Papa God, I need your help. I really messed up again, and I need you to tell me what to do. Help me, please! “And with that, I fell asleep, and heard a message. (Now, although I’m not the dumbest worm in the box, I can’t come up with stuff like that, but I’ll let you be the judge. Anyway, those words changed my life.)

What was the message that was so revealing? What words could he say that would change my life? Just that … and I quote:

“YOU DO NOT INHERIT THE WEAKNESSES OF YOUR EARTHLY PARENTS, BUT THE POTENTIAL OF YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER. “

Simple words, but a deep message. And I believe that his intention, his words were not for me alone, but for all those who struggle like I did.

As a child, I had a terrible inferiority complex.

Everyone who thought they knew me – everyone except my mom – was quick to tell me that I was no good. I was told I was stupid, retarded, worthless. And hearing these words of condemnation, I began to agree with them.

I might as well have had a big sign on my back that said, “I solemnly swear I’m not doing any good!”

We are the sum and the total of our inner speech, and our inner speech is the sum and the total of what we have been told.

Think about it: when I touch someone else or hurt another person, do I feel what they are feeling? No, I only feel what I feel, neither more nor less. But this contact – when you think about it – is so deeply intimate, and the other who receives it is so deeply impacted!

Who knows, yes, who knows the power of speech, the power of the human voice. Only God knows the words spoken, and He is happy or dismayed.

Holy God, O divine friend, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of my spirit, my very thoughts, be pleasing to you, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Amen

These blessed and life-changing words that were spoken to me while I was sleeping that night, I bring them to you now, because all that is beautiful and meaningful could never be intended for one person. I hope you will be blessed as I have been.


Charles Towne is above all a Christian. Octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver and survivor, his life has summer and continues to be, an endless adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He adopted the philosophy that living fully, laughing out loud, loving passionately, and learning as if there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joyful life.


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