Jul 31 2019

Recognizing potential is an act of faith

Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection is from Outreach Coordinator Clair Paul.

This summer, I’ve been studying the book of Romans. Paul spends time unpacking a lot of heavy stuff for the people of Rome. In Romans 3:23 he reminds us that “all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.” That’s a lot to wrestle with, and it can leave you feeling disheartened. No matter what we as humans do, we are all sinners and unworthy of God’s glory. Words like that tend to stick with you and make you stop and think.

Happily, Paul goes on to say in the next verse, “They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24). Though we sinners were undeserving, the Lord sacrificed his only son to pay the price for our sins. Through His grace we are made clean and new, redeemed and worthy in the eyes of the Lord.

God knew that all people have potential. We can have faith in him because he first had faith in us. Recognizing the potential of others and doing something to draw it out is just as much an act of faith.

Unbound’s program runs on potential. We believe the capabilities of sponsored persons will show themselves when the right opportunity is provided. Sponsorship isn’t about solving short-term problems, but developing long-term change powered by goal-driven individuals.

One person’s willingness to invest in another through sponsorship is an act of faith that recognizes an individual’s worthiness in their eyes, and well as the eyes of God.

Please pray

Lord, thank you for seeing our potential. Though flawed, we are still redeemed by your eternal grace. Allow us to see the potential in others and help them to grow through our faith in you. Amen.

Clair Paul

Lead Outreach Coordinator

Clair joined the Unbound family in 2012 after graduating from Northwest Missouri State University and has fallen in love with the mission and work of this organization. She enjoys traveling to experience the Unbound program in different parts of the world and getting to know sponsors. In her free time, Clair teaches dance and enjoys spending time with her husband and two golden doodles.

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