12.14.20— Lost Opportunity!--Matthew 10:14
My friend, may I ask you a question? Sometimes when we are surrounded by what appears to be many difficulties, are we in fact be surrounded by many opportunities?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I’m M. Clifford Brunner
On one of the blocks that I grew up on we had a neighbor who worked for Evinrude Motors. Evinrude, as you may or may not know, was named after the guy who invented the outboard motor. While examining one of our neighbor’s sleek new outboard motors that he was testing, he asked me if I knew the story behind how Ole’ Evinrude invented the thing in the first place. As it turns out, old ‘Ole had the job once of transporting the ice cream to a picnic social on an island some distance across a lake. As he rowed in the heat of the day he literally had to watch the ice cream melt right in front of his eyes. And that, Mr. Lautner swore to me, was when Ole’ came up with the idea of the outboard motor.
As Christians we are often faced with what may seem insurmountable difficulties. Yet, if God allows such things to hap- pen for our good as the Bible says, perhaps we need to reclassify difficulties as opportunities?
Here’s a Story: An organization in Montana offered a bounty of five thousand dollars for every wolf captured alive. Two hunters named Sam and Jed decided to head for the hills and make some money capturing wolves. Day and night they scoured the mountains and forests searching for their valuable prey. Exhausted after three days of hunting without any success, they both fell asleep. During the night, Sam suddenly woke up to find that he and Jed were surrounded by a pack of fifty wolves, with flaming red eyes and bared teeth, snarling at the two hunters and preparing to pounce. Sam nudged Jed and said, “Hey, wake up! We’re gonna be rich!” (Edited from More Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice.)
Sometimes when we are surrounded by what appears to be many difficulties, we may in fact be surrounded by many opportunities. The Chinese symbol for the word “crisis” actually combines the two words “danger” and “opportunity.” When a crisis occurs, we can choose to be frightened and cowardly, or strong and courageous. It’s all a matter of perspective. Next time you find yourself in a jam, remember: “You’re gonna be rich!” You have the opportunity to learn and grow, and to experience the grace and power of God in that situation. Situations like that don’t come along every day!
We pray. Heavenly Father. When we are surrounded by what appears to be many difficulties, we often don’t realize that we are surrounded by many opportunities as well. Forgive us Father when we panic or become depressed because of the many problems that face us in life. Help us by Your Spirit to understand that most problems are only opportunities waiting to be discovered. When a crisis occurs, we can choose to be frightened and cowardly, or strong and courageous. It’s all a matter of perspective. We have the opportunity to learn and grow, and to experience Your grace and power in that situation. Situations like that don’t come along every day! We pray this in Jesus name. Amen!
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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