Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
Can we be all we are created to be without a relationship with the God who made us? Can we know ourselves without consulting the author of our life? So many live their lives thinking they should be this kind of person or do that kind of work or have this kind of life, yet often the life they build on their own doesn't provide the satisfaction they crave.
Jesus makes it clear that we achieve and find satisfaction in our lives if we abide in him. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5). When we desire to realize our full potential, we will be frustrated without if we try to do that without a relationship with God. The Lord knows us intimately. He understands our strengths and weaknesses because he designed us. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; (Jerimiah 1:5) We are not a random combination of traits of our parent's genes, but a person wonderfully created for a divine purpose.
We are frustrated in our work and our lives. The knowledge of our gifts and the freedom to use them isn't something that the world in general supports. The world, the devil, and we, ourselves, work against God's purposes for us. We often don't understand nor appreciate our design, and the world and devil continually act against it. “Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ Isaiah 45:9
When we except ourselves, understand our unique design and use our gifts for God's purposes we open ourselves to an incredible journey into the future God prepared for us. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (Jerimiah 29:11)