“It must be nice.” This is the statement I have heard multiple times in my life. It is stated when a tired, overworked co-worker has an over abundant of time at work and refuse to take any of it, yet when I take my paid time off they look at me as though I stole something. It is said by the people who have the money to take an exotic vacation but always delay the journey for in-consequent reasons, but they look at me with longing in their eyes when I returned from a European vacation. When I decided to embark on a new life venture, “It must be nice,” is mouthed by people who have time and money but refuse to take up a hobby, go back to school or start a business?
These examples above can be categorized as a missed opportunity.
I realize there maybe valid reasons why a person may not be able to partake on the above ventures, but I am focusing on the ones who have the break or chance to do something but allowed negative emotions to hinder them.
Everyday many of our opportunities are stolen, ignored or given up. Remember it’s the duty of the devil to fool, deceive or trick us in doing the opposite of whatever God is leading us to do. If allowed, he will rob us of great opportunities.
The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10
Sometimes is only requires for Satan to whisper a flicker of negativity and we ignite the flicker into an inferno of excuses and unfounded reasons.
We must present our opportunities to God and ask if this is truly His will for us to take advantage.
A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Ask God for the best time for your desires.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
Do not trust your negative emotions (doubt, worry etc.).
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverb 3:5
Fear is one of the most crippling emotions that occur. Replace fear with faith. Reading the Word and seeking wisdom will increase your faith.
When wisdom entereth into thine hear; and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: Proverbs 2:10-11
Don't make excuses when the underlining reason is laziness or lacking the will.
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing but the soul of the diligent shall be fat. Proverbs 13:4
Who are you listening to? Don't let other people talk you out of your dreams. Take heed to the people whom you share your dreams. Some people, because of their fears, may discourage you.
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
God presents opportunities for a good life. Satan wants the opposite for us. Life is full of triumphs and failures; hardships and good times. However, don’t allow your life to be full of regrets and missed opportunities. Reliving the coulda, shoulda game. I could have done this…I should have done that. Take advantage of the chances to do something to advance, improve, progress or embellish your life.
What opportunities have come your way?
About the Author: Leir Williams has turned from being a retired registered nurse to a resourceful writer for God. She has attended Bible Classes since the age of eleven and has continued to be an assiduous student of the Holy Bible. God moved her spirit to begin writing inspirational books related to His word. With the moniker of the Mind Motivator for the Maker, she wrote Set Your Mind Let's Prosper Together. Leir has 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren. You can find her on the web at http://www.leirwilliams.com