I wanted to post yesterday but we had a BAD storm in the middle of the night and my computer has been giving me fits ever since. I do apologize for the delay! Anywho....
Our church has been concentrating on prayer for the past few weeks....it's importance, it's power, just DOing it in general! It's really been wonderful and ministered to my soul. I've realized we have TONS of golden nuggets right here on the Roof about PRAYER! So, we'll be digging those up and chewing on them again. They are too good not to bring back to the forefronts of our minds. I thought this was a good place to start (reposted from January 2010).
My mother used to say, "make the most of every opportunity." I am not sure she knew she was quoting scripture but if you look in Colossians chapter 4 you will see it right there.........."make the most of every opportunity."
Early in my life I squandered a lot of opportunities. I am not sure if it was lack of motivation or ignorance or both but as I have became older and grown in my relationship with the Lord. I desire to make the most of every opportunity.
Here is the whole verse:
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone Colossians 4:2-6
If we look at this verse we see clearly the key elements of making the most of every opportunity.
From the rooftop:
The first key is to pray about everything, be devoted to prayer.
The second is to watch for opportunities.
The third is to be thankful when opportunities come our way.
The fourth is to show people God's love and to proclaim Jesus Christ to them.
The fifth is to conduct ourselves with delightful conversation and as gracious people that know a gracious God.
How many times do opportunities come across our path and we see them as burdens and miss a blessing in our life. Recently, I have been so struck by the videos of the chaplains from the Billy Graham Association and Samaritan's Purse making the most of the opportunity as they help so many in Haiti. Maybe someone is sick living next door to you, there is an opportunity. All the little people and the husband that may reside in your home are opportunities. Point is we don't have to look far to seize the opportunities that God wants us to make the most of. I am praying that we all respond to the daily opportunities that we are given.
I love you,