Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards.  ~William Arthur Ward

Many times we are so overwhelmed by our busy lives that we are not aware of the opportunities that are right in front of us. At other times we see opportunity but we let it pass us by.  We have many excuses for not seizing opportunities. Our excuses sometimes include  lack of time, money, or knowledge- just to name a few. My biggest excuse is always lack of time.

Paul urged believers to make the most out of opportunities that came their way.

  • 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)
  • Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity (Colossians 4:5)

We often miss out on opportunities in all aspects of our lives. Lately I have been trying to balance my personal, spiritual, professional and educational life in an effort to not miss out on personal and spiritual opportunities. It is not an easy task to find the proper balance.  I have had to ask myself some  hard questions in order to find the balance I am seeking.

  • How many times have I missed an opportunity to bond with my spouse or children because I had to do (fill in blank) right now?
  • How many opportunities have I missed  because I was distracted with the non important things of life (social media, TV, etc. ) to recognize opportunity?
  • How much more would I enjoy life if I slowed down and not only looked for opportunity but created opportunity to spend deliberate quality time with my spouse, kids and in time of devotional study?
  • Am I allowing focused quite time with God to allow him to speak to me, or am I too rushed and busy even for him?

Answering these questions has allowed me to recognize and correct some problems in my life. I don’t just want to live life. I want to live life the the fullest.


Comments are closed.