Saturday, March 18, 2017

Make the Most of Your Opportunities Today

God's Word encourages us to live purposely so that we can seize the opportunities that come our way daily. It is only as we live disciplined lives that are dependent on the Holy Spirit, will we be able to make the most of our time in a world where there is so much evil.
James W. Moore in his book, Seizing the Moments: Making the most of Life's Opportunities, explains that we all have a sense that we need to seize special moments. However, because of fear and insecurity, many times we allow these opportunities to slip by. He points out that we sometimes squander our opportunities like the servant with the one talent (Luke 19:11-27).

He speaks of the "tragedy of unseized opportunities." As I reflect on the thought, I am conscious of how I allow opportunities to pass me by many times through procrastination or feelings of inadequacy. We miss these opportunities because of feelings of inadequacy; for example, we might think that we don't have the right word to say, we don't have the qualifications, or it might simply be a lack of self-discipline.

In the YouTube video, Pastor Joel Osteen points out that today is a gift and asks, "Are you living it to the full, with purpose, passion, pursuing your dreams? On another level, making the most of your opportunities could mean phoning to encourage someone who is experiencing challenging circumstances or to say, "I love you" to a family member. The call is to make the most of our opportunities!

Focus Verses: "Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:15-16, AMP.)
Let us Pray: "Heavenly Father, I thank you for the grace to grasp every opportunity in my life. Help me to understand that you equipped for each task, and you will get the glory. In Jesus" Name I pray. Amen."

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