Dr. Myles Munroe was recently killed in a plane crash while in route to empower a host of people as he had done most of his life. He was a man of great purpose who believed that people should maximize their time on earth, depositing their gifts in order to die empty. Death is inevitable and no matter how great a person is or the life they live, they too will one day leave this earth.
Munroe exhausted his days on earth teaching that God has a purpose for every life but sadly many never reach the heights that are planned for them because they fail to understand why they exist. This phenomenal man of vision shared a recurring theme in each message he shared:
The wealthiest place is not the oil fields of Iraq, gold or diamond mines of South Africa, nor Democratic Republic of Congo but it actually the cemetery.
Upon first hearing such this statement many would find themselves puzzled, but after a few seconds of explanation these same folks would immediately began strategizing on ways to empty their lives of the dreams they found looming in their hearts and minds on a constant basis. Why did this visionary believe the graveyard is the wealthiest place on earth? He explained this tragedy as follows:
Our graveyards are filled with potential that remained potential. Buried beneath the soil of those sacred grounds are dreams that never came to pass, books that were never written, songs that were never sung, ideas that were never shared, paintings that never filled a canvas, visions that never became reality, plans and inventions that never went beyond the drawing board of the mind, and purposes that were never fulfilled. What a tragedy!
Dr. Munroe said the wealth in the cemetery is potential. Potential is dormant ability, untapped power and hidden strength. It is who a person is but no one else knows. Munroe said his heart wept as he encountered people who had dreams and aspirations in their youth but had settled for disoriented and broken lives. According to this great leader:
Only a minute percentage of the billions people on this planet will experience a significant portion of their true potential while the rest will tragically contribute to the vast abundance of the graveyard.
There is a wealth of potential locked inside of every person. Munroe repeatedly expressed that his purpose was to help others understand their potential and release it. He believed the answer to AIDS, cancer and other diseases was buried six feet under the ground inside of a body of unrealized purpose. His goal in life was to die empty and awaken others to the importance of doing the same.
Dr. Munroe lived by the concept of the “seed” which he believed to be the most powerful element in nature. Every seed contains within itself the potential to become something much greater. If he had a seed in his hand, the understanding of potential would cause him to see an entire forest as opposed to one seed. Why… because within every seed is a tree which has the potential to produce more seeds and ultimately a forest. In essence, what is seen is never all there is.
In addition to the “potential principle” Munroe said it is important that people refuse to allow their last success to prevent them from extracting the remaining potential inside of them. Whenever one settles for what they have accomplished success then becomes their enemy. In other words, “You are more than what you have already done.”
This gift to mankind died on Sunday in a plane that exploded after clipping a crane before landing. Perhaps his death was symbolic of his meaning for life and recurring theme in his teachings. His body was consumed in the explosion with nothing left for people to witness… other than the words he left in the earth. He can now say like Paul, “I am finished my course” and have been poured out like a drink offering; every drop of me is finished and I was ready to die. His goal in life was to enter the grave with nothing but an empty carcass. Dr. Myles Munroe believed no one should simply die old, but empty.
Opinion By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)