Embrace Every Opportunity (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 247)
Ephesians 5:16 (NLT)
Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.
Since the time we were born, each and every one of us had a dream. For some, that dream may have changed as we got older. For others, it never changes, it only seems to get more attractive. Ambitions and dreams should be a big part of all of our lives. Without the ability to dream, we are more likely to lose hope and miss out on the goodness and beauty of life.
The point isn’t your background or where you grew up or who your parents are. You have a dream somewhere deep down inside of you. The real point is what you are going to choose to do with the dream you have. Most people never see their dreams turn into reality because they lack the courage to have faith and the dedication to overcome challenges to reach them.
I know people who have talked about a dream for years. They develop very well thought out plans that look good on paper. They think about their dream, talk about their dream, and genuinely are excited about their dream. But they never get the car out the garage. They aren’t willing to take risks so they don’t take the car on a test drive. They spend years planning but never take action. And pretty soon it is just too late and the dream dies.
The Bible has a solution to such inaction and procrastination. It challenges us to “make the most of every opportunity.” This leaves no room for just planning or for only talking. It urges us to take action, to be open to every opportunity, to seize the moment as soon as it comes. Too many people live a life of unfulfilled and abandoned dreams and that’s a tragedy.
It is God’s highest desire that his creation gets to know him on a personal level. In knowing him, we not only discover our dreams and aspirations, but we gain strength to actually pursue them. Our faith increases the more we chip away at our dreams. Cars weren’t made to stay on car lots or in garages. Ships weren’t made to be locked in harbors. People weren’t made to do nothing. Make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.
“How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.”
— Paulo Coelho