Saturday, June 07, 2008

AVADIJ- Opportunities


In searching for a scripture for A Verse A Day In June, I dug up this treasure for today:

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Colossians 4:5 (NLT)

God has been putting on my heart to pray for my eyes to be open to opportunities to be used. I am tired of knowing about myself that I continue to walk around as if I didn't know the Good News. I am embarrassed that I go days without even considering the eternity of people He puts in my path.

A few days ago, I saw a girl from high school at my girls' open house. "Wow!" I thought, "She looks old. I think she's seen some rough times. I know I had some rough times in high school because of her friends. I'm sure she won't recognize me... I'll just go over here and avoid the uncomfortable moment of trying to explain who I am. I hope I don't look that old."

Oh yes I did. All that and more. How's that for a peek into my ugly, ugly heart? I was so wrapped up in the superficial, that I didn't take one minute to care if she knew Jesus. I may have wasted a prime moment Thursday night, but I'm not going to waste any more. I'll be praying for her- to either feel closer to Him, or really meet Him for the first time ever. Then, I'll be watching for the next time we cross paths. And instead of watching her wrinkles, I'll be looking out for the opportunity. And that, my friends, is why I am LOVING this idea of Gretchen's. I can't wait to see what else comes up. Join us, will you?

11 comments:

Sheryl said...

boy have i wasted many opportunities! great verse. and often we surround ourselves with only christians instead of being sure we're still in the world.

however, i totally get the superficial side that wants to be sure there is no way you looked as old as her!! not trying to excuse you, but i get it.

even though i rarely leave home, God has given me many opportunities to share Him, i hope not to waste any.

-Sheryl

Alana said...

I'm with you on this. So many missed opportunities.

Beck said...

This is a very good reminder. When I first started bloging, I very carefully only read and commented on Christian blogs and then realized that I was missing out on the very thing you wrote about.

Jenster said...

I so get this and I'm ashamed. Thanks for being so open, even if it did make me think things about myself I'd rather not.

PJ said...

What a post!!! I really must watch that superficiality in myself! How many opportunities, indeed!! Even if I'm thinking, "How can she look so good?" It's still the same focus.

God's Guitar Girl said...

Either you've said that twice, or I've heard the bloglines thing from two ppl now... Haven't changed anything, tho!! Maybe just try reloading me or something...??

Gretchen said...

Um...yeah. Feeling the burn on this one.

You are so right, and I am so convicted. Point in fact: we invited my dtr's teacher to her church play today. Of course the teacher is a known Christian. Lots of wasted opportunities on this end in the name of fear of possible discomfort/embarrassment.

Poopy.

xxxooogretchen

Gotta GROW with it said...

you are so transparent! thank you sweet Father for your grace!

Sing4joy said...

um.yeah.me too.dangit.

Halfmoon Girl said...

Yes, the same thoughts have been on my heart lately. God's Word really changes things doesn't it- our hearts and perspectives towards other people for sure!

Jenn said...

Thank you for sharing your heart. I too have missed so many opportunities.

I am loving Gretchen's idea too. Looking forward to catching up on her blog and S4J's to see their verses. What a great way to start my mornings for the rest of June - reading all these verses that God is laying on y'alls hearts.