Stepping Into God-given Opportunities

As this new year begins, there is a lot of talk of resolutions and decisions to improve our lives one way or another; and it makes me wonder what we did wrong during the last year that we feel we need to change.

As I look back over my own life, I wonder how many things I missed.  How many times did God place an opportunity into my life that I did not recognize and did not act on?

Opportunity is defined this way:  1. an appropriate or favorable time or occasion; 2. a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal.

An opportunity could be anything — from helping someone in need to serving God in some way; from sharing our time to sharing Jesus Christ with others.

We will all be given opportunities this year; given a chance to step out and fulfill God’s will for our lives, to be a blessing to someone else.

But the thing about opportunities is that they are not indefinite.  There may be a very short amount of time in which we can step in and do what God is asking us to do.

When we see an opportunity open up to us we need to act quickly and completely; advancing into the situation to complete God’s will in His way.

Yet, sometimes it is difficult to recognize an opportunity that is suddenly open to us.

How can we improve our discernment and more easily recognize when God has placed something or someone into our lives because He wants us to do His will?

We need to study His Word.  By doing so we can learn how He opened up opportunities for others.  Diligently reading the Bible will also draw us closer to Him so that we have a deeper, clearer understanding of who He is.  This will help us better understand what He is trying to show us.

We also need to ask God for help in recognizing the opportunities He will place in our lives.  Then ask Him to give us the courage to step out and do what He is asking us to do.

As we head into this new year, let us diligently search out the opportunities that God places into our lives.

If we are capable and willing to recognize and respond positively to each opening that God gives us, we will bless others and be blessed ourselves.

About Drusilla Mott

Child of the King, wife, mom, step-mom, gramma, aspiring author, blessed beyond measure. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
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10 Responses to Stepping Into God-given Opportunities

  1. Pingback: Opportunity | Living Thoreauly

  2. mtsweat says:

    Amen Drusilla. Let us run the race before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. God bless

  3. writinggomer says:

    Great advice and great encouragement!! Thank you. 🙂

  4. granbee says:

    Drusilla, are you familiar with the Listening Hearts registered method of discernment training, headquarterd out of Baltimore, MD, required by those seeking discernment as to valid calls to the clergy and some lay leadership positions in many Catholic and Episcopal diocese, as well as Lutheran, Presbyterian, and some Baptist groups. I am a certificate holding and contributing member of Listening Hearts. I became engaged to marry my husband the day of my graduation banquet in Jackson, MS in 1999. We celebrated my birthday together last night, very happily! Proof in the pudding there! Anyway, your writing about spiritual discernment in this post just set off so many life-affirming, life-directing memories for me! Thank you!

  5. ptl2010 says:

    We need to hear His Voice and have His peace which passes all understanding before we step into any opportunity that presents itself. Sometimes that direction from the Lord is only for the next step when the mountains loom large and He wants us to look at Him standing between us and the mountains. Sometimes He approves a whole project and gives bite-size encouragement along the way. In all, if it is an opportunity which He gives, you can be sure He will give the grace and power to fulfill it if we are fully surrendered to Him.

    There is a caveat – let us remember that He is the Builder and we are the stones. Without His foundation the house will crumble. Only the house built on Him will stand. Except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.

    God bless you Drusilla for sharing a very important and somewhat sometimes overwhelming subject.
    May the Lord lead you into many opportunities in 2012 and enable you by the Holy Spirit to have power, love and a sound mind without fear to fulfill His calling. Amen.

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