It was a clear sabotage of potential. Ten spies went to spy out the land promised by God for the Children of Israel. After spending forty days of scouting the land, they returned home with huge clusters of grapes and figs, and a report that was both positive and negative.
Yes, the land was incredibly fruitful with provision, but it was inhabited by aggressive people who built fortified cities. The negative voice won out, even through Joshua and Caleb, two smart leaders, fought the decision with sound arguments.
Organizations are notorious for limiting potential. Balancing the need of an individual to grow and develop with the need of an organization to equally grow is a tension that leaders must deal with.
Every developing leader has experienced seeing beyond the glass ceiling with nowhere to go. Being boxed into a ‘been there, done that’ space for too long can be a sign that it’s time to move on.
Reflect. Evaluate. Pray. Trust God with you own instinct. Don’t put a lid on your potential. Know when it’s time to move on.