"Let us just go ahead and be what we were made to be." Romans 12:6
Forty years ago The Golden Buddha was discovered in the city of Bangkok, Thailand. For years a huge, ugly, concrete Buddha sat in the middle of town. Visitors put empty soda cans and other trash on it. Then one day a priest decided to take the old statue to his temple. In the moving process it cracked. As the pieces crumbled the priest noticed something underneath the concrete shell. He gathered some helpers. They pulled the shell away and inside they found the world's largest chunk of sculptured gold, standing 8 feet high. For years it had been there - but no one knew it.
And you are a lot like that statue. Your real value is inside, if you do only stop and take inventory of it. You cannot consistently perform in a manner that is inconsistent with the way you see yourself. You will perform at a level that reflects your perspective of yourself. If you think you are average, you will perform in an average way. Once in a while you may have a really great day and perform higher. You might even think, "That was awesome, I really outdid myself!"
However, unless you discover your God-given gifts, value and potential, you will retreat to your old level of living because you think: "That is not the real me." What a loss. Paul writes, "Since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, let us just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we are not." Romans 12:6