I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you
hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
I walked into a funeral home office, where I saw a large salt water aquarium with colorful exotic fish.
My eyes landed on what looked like a six-inch shark. It was. The funeral director explained that it
was a white shark. He said sharks adapt to their environment. This one would grow no longer than
six inches in the aquarium. In the ocean, it could grow up to twenty-five feet long.
I thought, as I watched it swimming continuously from end to end with a restless passion,
How sad! That sharks environment determined its maximum size. Five pieces of glass glued
together limited the fulfillment of the sharks potential! Born to be a magnificent creature fathoming
the depths of oceans, yet confined to a four-foot aquarium.
I pictured people who allow their boundaries to be determined by environment,
circumstances, negative-thinking, power-hungry people, controlling people, low self-image,
memories of failure always playing on the screen of your mind, laziness, and a myriad of dream-destroying,
That little shark doesnt have a choice. The only way he could fulfill his potential is if
someone reaches in and takes him out of the aquarium and releases him in the ocean. God can reach
into your imprisonment, lift you out, and place you in the ocean of his love, power, and resources.
He promised: I know the plans I have for you plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope
and a future (Jer 29:11 NIV). Dont let circumstances, other people, fear of failure, poor self-esteem,
the way you look, or anything else set the boundaries for your life and ministry. God says, Then you
will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me
with all your heart. I will be found by you and will bring you back from captivity (Jer 29:1214). That prayer
will release you to fulfill your God-given potential and set you free to be the winner he created you
to become through his power and creativity!
Jesus says, Get up, pick up your brokenness, failure, hopelessness and give them to me.
Walk into my healing, wholeness, joy, and incredible love like youve never dreamed possible. Pick
up every dream for your life, every hearts desire, every longing in your spirit, everything you want to
do, and place them in the Masters hands, and pray:
Lord, please set me free from the boundaries that people, circumstances, and I have placed on me. Show me the
awesome plans you have for me. By your power, fulfill every good purpose of mine and every act prompted by my
faith.8Set me free to fulfill my God-given potential. Heal and restore me in my spirit, mind, emotions, body, and
relationships. Thank you! Amen!
– Dr. Sam Bruce, President, Sam & Sandie Bruce Ministries; Pastor, Hope Point Church, Pearl,Mississippi; Online Instructor, Mid-America Christian University