Think About It: Opportunity



Believe it or not, this is a good day for all types of opportunities. In a matter of weeks, we will have the privilege of going to the polls to vote. How you choose to vote is your privilege. As Americans, all of us need to pray and ask God to show us His will for the leadership of our nation.

Those people who are running for election have been working hard to challenge us to vote for them. Every time I turn the television or radio on, I end up hearing about what each candidate will do for our nation and communities if we will vote for them.

I remind you, if the person you vote for fails to win the election that does not change the fact that America is a land of opportunity.

The Word of God says, “Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it” Revelation 3:8. That scripture says to all of us that, win or lose, life goes on, and we can take advantage of the many opportunities that are still available.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “I will study and get ready and opportunity will come.”

Have you ever had an opportunity slip through your fingers simply because you made no effort to except its challenge? Every time that has happened to me, it reminds me that I need to be more alert and willing to do my homework to examine its possibilities. We could all make our lives and our world better if we would recognize the opportunities that come our way and take advantage of them.

“Try not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good; try to use ordinary situations” [Jean Paul Richter].

Even though every opportunity that comes your way may not appear to be a golden opportunity, it still may be a worthwhile opportunity. “Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them” [Anderson M. Baten].

Don’t be alarmed if you see an opportunity come your way that may appear to be hard. Remember, everything good and worthwhile is not always easy, but in the end it was worth it all. “The trouble with opportunity is that it always comes disguised as hard work” [Anonymous].

If an opportunity comes knocking at your door, pray about it, and God will give you His direction. May God’s will be done.



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George A. Hazlett is a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has written the weekly column, Think About it!, published weekly in Farm and Dairy for almost 28 years. He and his wife, Myrna, live in Hartville, Ohio.



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