«For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them» (Ephesians 2: 10).
Abraham Maslow was a psychologist and one of the greatest leaders of psychology who promoted human potential development in the sixties. His preliminary work consisted of studying the life of some people who had developed the highest level of potential in their life. He studied the lives of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, among others. Then he analyzed their common characteristics to determine which factors can help a person reach their full potential. While he correctly identified various characteristics, this elite group mainly shared certain democratic values. These are values related to social interest, solidarity, or compassion for mankind. In other words, they shared an interest for their fellowmen that went beyond mere theory. They worked and fought for them; they were true «servants» of the people. Reaching their full potential was possible for these individuals, because they cared for and served mankind.
Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of Franklin Roosevelt, a former President of the United States, was deeply involved in issues of social justice and human rights. She advocated for the equal rights of women, African-Americans, and workers. She believed that helping others is our undisputed duty. On one occasion, she gave up being member of a group of aristocratic women because they had discriminated against a black female singer. They had prevented Marian Anderson’s performance in the Constitution Hall whose maximum capacity was 7,000 people. Fortunate- Eleanor managed to relocate the event to the Lincoln Memorial, located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. There, approximately 75,000 heard the concert. She is known as «First Lady of the World» due to her long humanitarian achievements. She declared, «Where after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home.»
In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul indicates that each of us was created in Christ Jesus to do good works. This means that we are God’s creation and, because of our union with Christ, our lives should consist of doing good deeds. This makes life worth living.
Reaching our full potential is possible, as long as we dedicate our life to the reason for which we have been created, namely, doing good works. Discover which works can do that God has in mind for you. Perhaps, you can start by helping someone very close to you.