Posts Tagged ‘opportunity’

I recently received an unexpected request to meet with someone as they wanted to speak to me about something. Needless to say after I agreed to meet with them I spent the next few days before I met with them trying to second guess what they wanted to speak to me about – What had I done that I shouldn’t have done? What had I not done that I should have done? What tasks/situations did they think I could help them with in some way? Were they annoyed with me? Where they going to give me a nice surprise or give me news I didn’t want to hear?

Lots of things went through my head, many of which I discounted as soon as I thought of them, but a few lingered as possibilities, but still I wondered…

Well the time came for me to have that meeting, and by this time I’d considered my responses to those tasks which I’d thought may be asked of me – some I thought I’d accept others I wasn’t so convinced about – But I should have known better, because even if I’d had 2 months to think of all the things I thought might be asked of me, I would never have come up with the question that was asked of me!

I’m not going to share with you what this meeting was about, as that was not my purpose in telling you about this meeting. I simply shared this with you, as I was a great reminder that sometimes when we see no way forward in our life, unexpected opportunities can come our way out of nowhere.

I firmly believe though that these opportunities don’t just come our way, they come our way because they are part of God’s plan for us. So grab these unexpected opportunities when they come your way, as they came your way for a reason!

jump at opportunities

When you’re looking for a job, do you involve God in your search?

Is a job something you think God wouldn’t be interested in helping you with? You couldn’t be further from the truth, as God wants to be part of every part of your life. He loves you and will help and guide you in every aspect of your life, so make sure you involve Him in every part of your life, including your job search.

Here’s a prayer asking God to give us an opportunity:

Dear God,

I place my humble needs before you: My need to meet my responsibilities in the world. My need to use my God-given talents and abilities. My need to fulfill my place here on earth. I pray for Your guidance now to show me the way to the perfect opportunity to do what I love, to do what I can do well, and what will fulfill my needs mentally, spiritually, and financially. Help me to walk in faith as You show me the way!

Thank You, Lord.

Amen!

I read the following quote by J. Sidlow Baxter recently:

What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.

Yes, it’s all about how we look at things isn’t it? If we have a positive outlook and look for the good in everything, and the opportunities they present to us, we are more likely to achieve our targets and succeed.

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Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day ~ Sally Koch

We are all guilty of sometimes feeling as if we cannot help anyone, however maybe we are just missing out on the opportunities which present themselves to us every day. It’s not always necessary for huge gestures and great outpouring of emotions to be involved to have an impact on someone’s life. Sometimes, simply smiling at someone, holding a door open for a stranger, or saying, “Hello” or “How are you?” is all it takes to make someone’s day.

So don’t think you never help anyone, because often in your everyday life you’re already doing small acts of kindness to help others – So keep up the good work!

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OpportunityDo you ever feel like you never get any opportunities in life?

Well have a read at this

Opportunity follows struggle. It follows effort. It follows hard work. It doesn’t come before.

Have you not had any struggles or put in much effort or hard work?

I find that hard to believe. It is simply that you have not realised that what you were confronted with were opportunities, but simply saw them as inconveniences or problems you had to overcome.

Don’t be blinded into thinking all problems are inconveniences, but instead look for the opportunities and openings that these problems are presenting to you, and grab them with both hands.

How many times have you said, or heard someone else saying, “If only I had said/done……before it was too late”?

Don’t spend your life regretting having missed your chance to say or do something which could have meant the world to someone. Take your opportunities when they arise as you never get that opportunity again to tell someone just how you feel about them.

In the same way that we must take our opportunities to tell others how much they mean to us, or do a good deed for someone, make sure you don’t miss out on knowing God because you put off giving your all to Him until tomorrow.

God is the only one who truly knows what lies ahead of us, so don’t forget to tell the ones you love how much they mean to you today, because you never know when it may be the last time you’ll ever get that chance. God can help us through every situation that we come face to face with, so now is the time to accept Him into your life, not tomorrow, but NOW!

 

In the last couple of days I’ve spoken about how we must continue to encourage others (see Carry On Encouraging and Encouraged). Today I want to move on to talk about the opportunities that arise for us to encourage or lead someone to God.

Colossians 4:4-6 (Contemporary English Version)

Please pray that I will make the message as clear as possible.

When you are with unbelievers, always make good use of the time.

Be pleasant and hold their interest when you speak the message. Choose your words carefully and be ready to give answers to anyone who asks questions.

It doesn’t matter where you are, or even who you’re with, whether it’s someone you know or someone you’ve never met before, when an opportunity arises to tell someone about God or simply encourage them, we must make sure we take those opportunities.

As Christians God expects us to encourage others and try to bring others into a relationship with Him. However we disappoint God if we don’t take advantage of the opportunities when they are presented to us. So pray that God will help you make the most of the opportunities you come across, so that you may the source of encouragement and guidance that someone needs.

We are presented with opportunities for a reason – not so we can watch them pass us by, but so we can grab them with both hands and make them into something special for God.

Your Pilot By William J Shannon

If your way is dark and full of doubt
Let Jesus be your pilot,
He will surely bring you out
Your path may be steep and narrow,
But Jesus waits to welcome you home.

There a robe of white is waiting
And a crown that you will wear;
Where sorrow never enters
And our Pilot never parts.

We can all make the most of each opportunity which comes our way, though sometimes we can find it’s outwith our own reach, but these are the times we must fully rely on our Pilot, Jesus.

Even when we haven’t been presented with an opportunity to move forward, we can still need help from out Pilot because life can be very tough to cope with a times – Situations and people come our way which can cause us to question ourselves, our decisions, our future, and sometimes even our faith or beliefs. These are times we must put our full faith in our Pilot, because he is always by our side, to guide us through the journey known as life.

Guide Me Home

Now the wind has lost my sail
Now the scent has left my trail
Who will find me, take care and side with me
Guide me back safely to my home
Where I belong, once more

Where is my star in heaven’s bough
Where is my strength, I need it now
Who can save me, lead me to my destiny
Guide me back safely to my home
Where I belong, once more

Who will find me, take care and side with me
Guide me back safely to my home
Where I belong, once more

How can I go on?
How can I go on this way

Colossians 4:2-6 (NIV)

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

In our lives we are given many opportunities – some we will take and others which we will turn away from.

Have you wondered where those opportunities are coming from? Well I can tell you, they are all a direct result of God. God presents us each with many opportunities. He designed each one specifically for us, some He knows we will accept without question, others which He knows we will require us to trust Him to help us mak the most of the opportunity we’re presented with.

Whatever that opportunity, the choice is ours whether we accept or reject it. However all the opportunities God presents to us are ones He knows are best for us, so I’d urge you to accept each opportunity presented to you with open arms, as God will help you make the most of the opportunity if you just ask Him to.

Opportunity’s Doors by Robert Hedrick

I remember some of the doors of opportunity God has opened for me,
Then I unknowingly reached out and closed them all rather selfishly.
Losing my chance to exalt the name of Jesus to some who needed to hear,
About a Savior that loves them and someday soon, He is going to appear.

At this point in my life I realize how important each opportunity can be,
In helping others to accept Jesus instead of facing a most tragic eternity.
Explaining God’s plan of salvation as He puts them within my reach,
Wherever I may be, either high on a mountain or down on a sandy beach.

The bible tells me that the harvest is ready however the laborers are few,
Then this is my signal that there is plenty of work out there for me to do.
Be ready to witness to others at any time wherever God may see fit to lead,
And then to keep each one in my prayers daily that has a spiritual need.

Now when God opens those doors of opportunity I intend to walk on through,
To be very faithful in witnessing for Him as I know He created me to do.
For there was a time someone else had an opportunity performing it well,
Whenever they witnessed to me leading me away from the gates of hell.

Your Influence

Posted: April 13, 2010 in life
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Following on from yesterday’s blog post (Looking or Not), I’ve been think about “influence”, and in particular who we influence.

Firstly, what is the dictionary definition of influence:

  • an effect of one person or thing on another
  • the power of a person or thing to have such an effect
  • power or sway resulting from ability, wealth, position, etc.
  • a person or thing having influence

So who do we influence?

The most obvious people who we influence are those we see and talk to each day. E.g. Our family, friends, work colleagues. Although that does not mean they are the only people we have an opportunity to influence. We have the opportunity and ability to influence everyone we meet in person and those who read any documentation or blogs etc that we write.

Have you ever noticed how if you spend a lot of time with someone, we pick up sayings or phrases that that particular person uses a lot, and start using them in our own conversations! So influence doesn’t need to be something we intentionally pass on to someone. In contrast when with children, you find most will intentionally try to influence the child by trying to teach/educate them, or show them new things.

Have you been a positive or negative influence on others?

So we all have the opportunity and ability to influence many people in our lifetime, but are we a positive or negative influence on them? Have a think about those you come into contact with and how you act/react, write, talk with them. Take note of those you think you have influence and take special note of those you feel you have influence in a negative way – Can you do anything to change that? If so, make a commitment to do something about it.

Be a positive influence on everyone you meet today, and every day!