Opportunity Knocks

Saturday, Aug. 29

“Opportunity may knock once, but temptation is always banging on your door.” –author unknown. The idea that opportunity knocks is very misleading. Some salesmen use this “come on” to con us into investing money in schemes that benefit them. They often hide some of the truth, or even outright lie. OK, they’re not all like that. Then there are times when some opportunity seems to just appear out of no where. Perhaps it’s a job opportunity. I’m OK with that. But the reality is that opportunities are constantly present in our lives. We have numerous options every day—options that we can’t avoid. Every time we meet someone, the opportunity is there to be kind and considerate or to be aloof and indifferent. We can respond with a smile or a frown. We can care for one another, or we can focus on our own needs. We are either selfish or selfless. We are either forgiving or condemning. The choices we make end up with peace and happiness or with disappointment and discontent. The opportunities are there all the time. We either grab them and use them for good, or we turn them down and live a miserable, self-centered life. For me, I don’t often recognize an opportunity. It’s easy to brush off an encounter as irrelevant. I’m at least somewhat aware of my failures. I’m working on it. I think I’m moving in the right direction, but I have a long way to go. Maybe when opportunity “knocks,” it needs to knock a little harder—or longer. Or maybe I need to pray more—that God will alert me to the opportunities and direct my responses. There’s definitely room for improvement.

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