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Missed Oppor-tune-in-ities

16 Dec

It’s so easy to get caught up in our own little world. There are bills to pay, children to care for, work, who’s on Facebook, what’s on Twitter, and a million other activities that that distract us from one super important task. That’s the task of seizing oppor-TUNE-IN-ties to minister to this dying world.

Oh you might say, I m not a minister. While it’s true that the word minister can refer to church clergy. But according to Vocabulary.com, minister also means “to attend to the wants and needs of others”.

Nevertheless, proper titles aren’t necessary when “TUNING-IN” to help someone. Way back in Bible days, a priest (a man of God) saw a wounded man lying on the ground and passed by on the other side. Next, a Levite, another “servant of God” saw the man and passed by on the other side (Luke 10:25-37).

Although these servants of God had the proper titles, they were so focused upon their own agendas that they missed the oppor-TUNE-IN-i-ty to serve God by helping someone else.

Just in case you’re thinking to yourself, I would never do that – STOP. Take an honest moment to examine yourself. You’ll probably find that you have also missed opportunities to serve the Lord as you busily focused upon your own plans. I certainly have.

Perhaps it was the time you rode the elevator with someone who looked as though they were having a terrible day. You wondered why they looked so upset but didn’t bother to ask. Later you discovered that their family had experienced a crisis. Maybe it was the little old lady that you quickly passed as she slowly crossed the street with her overloaded shopping cart. After she fell, you realized that you should have helped her cross. Another missed opportunity.

Or just maybe it was the incident with your child. In anger, you disciplined him/her openly as his/her friends watched instead of using the opportunity to take him aside to teach him/her how to exercise self control. Yes, even disciplining your children can become an oppor-TUNE-In-ty to help your child and simultaneously honor the Lord.

As we TUNE-IN (draw near to) the Lord, may He quicken our spirits, helping us to seize every opportunity that He provides to honor Him by helping others. Help us Lord!

“Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:37-40‬ ‭KJV‬‬ http://bible.com/1/mat.25.37-40.kjv


From Irritability to Opportunity!

1 Aug
This summer, as well as last summer, I was blessed with the 
privilege of working with youth. Last year, I became frustrated 
during this process for a variety of reasons. This year, again, 
I found that I was becoming a bit annoyed and begin to think 
about making this the last year that I would participate in
this venture.

A heaven sent message came to mind as I thought deeply 
about the situation.  I was reminded that working with 
youth is more of an opportunity to give, than it is to 
receive. I've been given the opportunity to impart life
skills into our youth, the leaders of the next generation!

Sometimes the skills that I endeavor to teach are
unwanted, and may be down right despised. Nevertheless, 
with patience and grace I believe that I will continue to
"serve" the next generation. In essence,because of the 
heaven sent message, l have now taken my eyes off of my 
own feelings, and have begun to focus upon teaching 
whatever I can in this short time I've been given to make a 
difference now, and into the future!

Mark 10:45 tells us “For even the Son of Man did not 
come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a 
ransom for many" (NKJV). Is there a disturbing situation 
taking place in your life that you can apply this lesson to? 

Our perspective will change when we remember
that it's not all about us! We can serve Jesus by 
taking our eyes off of self, and serving others.  
We will then gain unimaginable peace, turning 
irritability into opportunity! (Acts 13:36, Col 3:24).