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Don’t Burn Your Opportunities

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Happy Monday Friends!  Hope you had a great weekend.  Thank you for tuning into Journey of Joy!  This week we’re talking about making the most of every opportunity.  It has been said that the opportunity of a lifetime must be seized in the lifetime of that opportunity.  This means that it is very rare that a great opportunity presents itself more than once.  Hence the need to make the most of each opportunity that comes our way.

Right before Walter Disney began building his Disney World “Empire” in Florida.  He had taken a friend of his –Art on a car ride and shown him this land.  It was remote and quite un-glorified.  He had visualized what his idea would one day become and had asked Art to strongly consider buying the land surrounding what would one day become Walt Disney World because of the great business the surrounding markets would receive.  His friend, not able to “see” neither the vision nor the opportunity, pretended he would think about it and later expressed he was not interested.  I don’t have to tell you how that story ends.  The value of that land shortly went up 700%.  Art was still looking for a great opportunity.  It was too late when he finally realized THE opportunity had come and slipped right through his fingers.

An opportunity is a favorable juncture of circumstances.  When a young person privileged with an admission into the best university parties through school and finds themselves with no degree at the end of four years, having learned nothing—they have wasted a great opportunity.

So what about you?  How are you doing?  What opportunities do you have in front of you today that are possibly slipping through your fingers?  Is it in building a dedicated friendship, an opportunity to mentor a young person, free time to get in shape, access to a great resource, opportunity for advancement, money for an education, the ability to study abroad, the opportunity to marry the right boy/girl?  If not careful, the moment will come and pass—leaving us looking back at what could have been at all the opportunities we missed to build, to learn, to study, to love and the story goes on and on.

Personally, I know how easy it is to be at a job (Mon–Fri), over and over… get lost in the details of the mundane and miss a great opportunity because of the demands of the grind.  Ten years later we stand in a conference room with a little plaque for our Anniversary –and then we discover, our chance to change things came and passed and we did not know it was there.  Today is  Monday.  A good day to reassess what’s really happening in our worlds.

This week I’d like to challenge you to really consider what you want to accomplish most and how you hope to get there.  Then sit down and really ponder what opportunities you might be burning (unknowingly).  The exercise will only be beneficial if you go after those opportunities and begin making use of them.  My husband and I watched the movie “What If” on Netflix this weekend. In the movie, God gives this guy the opportunity to go back and see what could have been of his life had he made a different choice.  It was such a great opportunity!  I wish life was like that honestly, but it’s not.  Many of us will only live to wonder what could have been if we had ceased the moment and done X, Y and Z.  Only heaven will reveal all the forfeited opportunities we lost/burned.  Yet though tomorrow is gone, we can do something about today.

Some opportunities are small (hugging your child for one whole minute) at least once a day, not assuming you’ll have this opportunity indefinitely…. while some are big (packing up and leaving for Bible school) across country to prepare for a greater calling you’ve been ignoring for a while.  Either way the opportunity may never present itself again.

My prayer for you this week is that God will open the eyes of your understanding, so that you will be able to KNOW YOUR OPPORTUNITIES and give them the determined effort of everything you’ve got!!  There is so much good that needs to be done that you should not waste your time on things that are not your opportunity!  Ask God which HE wants you to seize.

Until Next Week…

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil – Ephesians 5:15-16 

7 comments on “Don’t Burn Your Opportunities

  1. Sarah
    June 10, 2013

    As always, you have written the perfect words for my soul. You are a beautiful vessel for the Holy Spirit to work in and through. Thank you for being willing to let Him use you. Sending my love and prayers to you, sister!

    • journeyofjoy
      June 13, 2013

      Sarah, I really consider you to be God-sent. Thank you so much for your encouragement. Truly grateful for you. Hugs and prayers right back at you :) You always encourage me! God bless you. So glad this spoke to your heart. It’s easy for us to miss great opportunities if we are not attentive.

  2. walter bright
    June 24, 2013

    this is a great blog post… I enjoyed reading it! One of my favorite quotes is the one you mentioned in the article – “opportunity of a lifetime must be seized in the lifetime of that opportunity.” The first time I heard it was in a sermon preached by Bishop Garlington, a few years ago… blew my mind. May your readers tap into all of what God has for them today. Blessings!
    walter

    • journeyofjoy
      June 25, 2013

      Walter — So glad to hear you like that quote. I honestly think it’s quite powerful! I only pray that I can keep it activated in my day-to-day endeavors because usually, we don’t realize the opportunity was before us, until it’s gone. Thank you so much for the prayers and for always making a point to drop in, it’s greatly appreciated!

      Have a great week,
      Marlene

      • walter bright
        June 26, 2013

        Thank you Marlene… have a great rest of your week.

  3. Julia Berndt
    March 3, 2014

    Who is the artist of this picture?

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