My friend, may I ask you a question? Making the effort to grow, despite obstacles or the most extreme of circumstances; is that what opportunity is all about? When we grasp opportunity do we mitigate the weaknesses in our lives that, if left unchallenged, are certain to move from weaknesses to threats in short order?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

What does it mean to be opportunistic? I think I know the meaning a bit more clearly these days. I did some weed killing over this summer. I got out my weed sprayer, filled it with vinegar and bleach, and started walking around various places bordering our driveway where the weeds have encroached. I remember chancing upon a small tuft of grass, green and stout, that had planted itself in a little gully between two smooth rocks. It was growing and thriving, yet completely out of place. As I leveled my sprayer over that little tuft I was suddenly struck by how difficult a situation it had had and how well it was doing despite the fact that the soil it was planted in was gravel and the stones blocked it from the sun. For some reason, I let that little tuft go. It just didn’t seem fair to kill it after all it had done to survive. Taking a slim opportunity to grow where it had and how it did was impressive.

Making the effort to grow, despite obstacles or the most extreme of circumstances, is what opportunity is all about. When we grasp opportunity we mitigate the weaknesses in our lives that, if left unchallenged, are certain to move from weaknesses to threats in short order.

Here’s a thought from Bob Perks. Recently I moved a rock that somehow ended up in the garden because it had landed on a spot where a flower grew each year. When I lifted the rock, I found the flower had grown around in a zigzag design until it finally found its way out. That flower could only do one thing. It had to grow. It was being all that it was designed to be. It was becoming what it was created to be. There was no great battle between it and the rock. It simply responded by finding a way to complete its predestined journey. It completed itself instead of lying there defeated by the rock. If God put such will and determination in a flower to complete its purpose, what powers would he give us? (Bob@BobPerks.com)

When things go wrong and events don’t turn out the way we want them to, we need to remember how God designed you and I to be. Like that determined flower or that tuft of grass, looking for excuses why others have blocked our goals isn’t what God is looking for. He created us to look beyond and around the “rocks” in life that may be taking up our space with their wrong opinions or even their misplaced blame. God didn’t create you and I to be faultfinders. Faultfinders are happy sheltered under rocks living in the shadow of those who harm them. Being content to live under rocks, however, pretty much guarantees you’ll never see the light of day, and the promise of hope and renewal that God gives to those who prefer the light of renewal and forgiveness to the darkness of bitterness and blame.

We pray. Heavenly Father, you have filled our lives with opportunities. Help us to miss none of these opportunities when they come to us. Help us not to miss the opportunities of learning and help us to work, to study, to train, and to accept your discipline so that we may: deepen our lives;

enrich our minds; learn our trade; master our craft; be efficient in our job; and be equipped for our profession. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen. https://preachersmith.com/2011/08/12/a-prayer-for-lifes-opportunities/

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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