Making the Most of Opportunity

A young man was in love with a farmer’s beautiful daughter.  When he went to the farm to ask for her hand in marriage, the farmer said, “Son, you can marry my daughter if you can catch one of my bulls by the tail.  I’ll give you three chances.”

So, nervously he went out to the field waiting for the first bull.  The chute opened and the first bull came out. It was the biggest, meanest looking beast the boy had ever seen face to face.  He decided to let this one go and try for the next one.

The second bull was released and he was even meaner looking that the first.  So, he ran over to the fence hoping the third one would be a better choice.

The third bull came out of the barn door.  The young man smiled.  This bull was a small, weak looking little creature.  As the bull came running by, the boy knew this was the one.  So he, just at the right moment, lunged to grab the tail only to discover the bull didn’t have a tail!

Isn’t life like that?  Full of opportunities.  Some scary.  Some challenging.  Some seem to be easy.  But as we avoid opportunities in hope of something better, we often miss out completely.

The Bible addresses the importance of opportunity.  “Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise,  making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Eph 5:15-17).

There are three points in this passage that will help us make the most of opportunities.

(1) Be careful how you live.  You will miss out on a lot of good opportunities in life if you live recklessly,  “A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless” (Prov. 14:16).

You will also miss out on good things in life if you live fearfully.  Fear will paralyze you from acting, from pursing opportunity and stepping out in faith.  When God presented Joshua with the opportunity of leadingIsraelintoCanaan, he said, “Be not afraid.”

Selfishness, aimlessness and laziness will also diminish your chances for opportunity to improve yourself, help others, or serve the Lord.

(2) Walk in Wisdom.  Being smart is not the same as being wise.  And there is a difference between the world’s wisdom and God’s wisdom.  One is earthly, sensual and devilish.  The other is spiritual, virtuous, and godly.

We walk in wisdom when we spend time with God.  Talking to God in prayer. Reading the word of God. And thinking bout God. We walk in wisdom when we associate with godly people and seek their advice.  We walk in wisdom when our priorities are directed by our values.

(3) Realize the Days are Evil.  There have always been evil days. Our time is no different.  Because of the uncertainty and brevity of life, we should grab hold of opportunities when they present themselves.  “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal. 6:10).

Take advantage of the opportunities you have today. To do good. To say a kind word. To give to a charity. To share with the needy. To lift the downtrodden.  To encourage the broken hearted. To volunteer in your community.  To minister in your church family.  To call a friend. To say, “I love you” to your family. To smile. To mend a relationship.  To say “I’m sorry.” And to pray to the Father.

Approach opportunity in the spirit of B.C. Forbes who said, “Mediocre men wait for opportunities to come to them.  Strong, able, alert men (and women) go after opportunity.”


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9 responses to “Making the Most of Opportunity

  1. Mark McCrary

    Great thoughts before a day purposed for evangelism! Thanks for the thoughts, Ken.

  2. Ashley Shackleford

    Thanks for including me in this. Very good. I will share with Jason. Hope to see you again soon and I hope you are doing well and continuing to spread God’s word.

    Ashley Shackleford

  3. Melissa Bruney

    Good article and I appreciate you posting it on my wall. Hope you and yours are doing well.
    Sarah Palin 🙂
    a.k.a. Melissa

  4. Linda Mabry

    Thanks for sending me your thoughts for the day,I am enjoying reading them,hope y’all are doing good.

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