What make life so interesting are the little opportunities that come our way. There are those chose to become soldiers to serve their country in the best way they know how even at the cost of death. On the other hand, even people that have bad intentions looks for opportunities to do bad things. Thus, opportunities can become either good or bad. But here’s a story I found to illustrate what to do when given an opportunity even at a personal cost: “There is a nine-year-old student sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there appeared a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants is wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It's never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they'll never speak to him again as long as he lives. The boy believes his heart is going to stop, he puts his head down and prays this prayer, "Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I'm dead meat." He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered. As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy's lap. The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, "Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!" Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful. But, as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else--Susie. She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. "You've done enough, you klutz!" Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, "You did that on purpose, didn't you?" Susie whispers back, "I wet my pants once, too."
Even at the cost of personal sacrifice, she did what was right to lend a hand. What we may lose may benefit others in need and it will be all worth it in the end because people will know and recognize it with a grateful heart. Furthermore, the apostle Paul gave us an important admonition to, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV)
We must make the best use of time to encourage and help others however we can and to the best of our ability. If we will wait for others to do the same to us, we may be missing many opportunities in the process. Don’t wait for one but find one. Alexander Graham Bell stated eloquently, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” There is a lot of it when we look around. Remember that our own sphere of influence is enough to see many opportunities.
The most important principle to be aware of is this: “Opportunity only knocks once.” When we miss it, it will not come again even if we wanted to. That’s why, always be ready to grab it and never lose it. Many have become enriched by it although neither by money nor adulation but by fulfilling a humanitarian work that gives honor to God and blessing to many people. May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good helping others. Find those opportunities, you will make a difference in someone's life.
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