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.