What is it that you want for the new year? More money? More free time? Another date? So many of us are trying to fill our new year’s resolutions with “things”. We are a nation of “thingers.” So many are like ravenous wolves hungry to accumulate stuff in a futile attempt to sense accomplishment throughout the year.
God has built into the fabric of life the way that we are to accomplish His will. God does something more strategic; He gives us opportunities.
Opportunities are those moments in time when we see that we can make a difference, attach our lives or influence toward a certain cause, and receive the greatest satisfaction that our lives are stepping forward into a moment. Many times these are needs that keep us awake at night for months, other times explode at a specific point in time in which we have to make a quick decision to solve a problem or maybe rescue the perishing. It is at the crossroad of decision that opportunity stands, and it is when you feel as if God has planted in you the solution to the problem or dilemma.
An opportunity in time can create a lifetime of difference.
I remember the first time I held a small child that was dying. She was twelve and weighed around 25 pounds. Her whole existence was in the jungles of Latin America, her body had become convulsed with all types of diseases. She would die soon. All I had to give her in that moment was some children’s liquid aspirin.
It was only a moment in time, but it created an opportunity for the God of the universe to soften and change my heart. Now, I see her face when I minister to people who are hurting and broken. You never get over those moments.
This is a year to build your life around preparing for the moment an opportunity arises for your influence to step forward. Yes, you can miss it divine opportunities if you are consumed with “things”. So, free your hands from the stuff that cloud your potential and prepare your mind and heart for the moment when your passion intersects a need in the world.
One opportunity can change it all for you.