Call me Chris.


Audio link for the World According to Chris: Episode 31

A common phrase we hear includes something along the lines of the world is full of opportunities. I have thought about this particular phrase for a few days. I don’t think it’s wrong. I do happen to think it’s too vague.

The way I see it, the world is full of glimpses and opportunities. Each of them is further divided into two subcategories. I want to spend the remainder of this blog describing what these mean to me.

Glimpses are short. By definition, this makes sense. We may catch a glimpse of a person in a crowd. It may spark a memory of something unrelated to our present task, and we are down the rabbit hole. That’s not the sort of glimpse I’m talking about. You see, I think God gives us glimpses for two reasons. The first is to show us what we might someday accomplish or become.

It happens when we encounter something unexpected that gives us pause and curiosity. We see the world in a suddenly different way than in the moment before the glimpse. It opens us to possibilities we never previously considered. This type of glimpse becomes fuel for us to push ourselves to strive for something we didn’t realize was possible.

The second type of glimpse is a cautionary one. It shows us what we would lose if we don’t change the path we’re on. We see ourselves through someone else’s eyes and discover we don’t like where we’re headed. It pushes us into being better by providing a counter-example of what not to do. It reminds us that we are lost.

Opportunities fall into similar categories. Of course, these are seized opportunities and missed opportunities. I expect most people are familiar with these concepts.

Seized opportunities come by way of hard work and luck. They also come by way of recognizing how fleeting these moments are. If we hesitate, we miss out on these life-changing possibilities. And hesitation leads to missed opportunities.

Lost opportunities are not always bad. At the same time, missing too many opportunities might display a lack of personal confidence. It might also lead to a life filled with regrets.

I live my life by reflecting on the glimpses I am shown and seizing opportunities when placed in front of me. I’ve taken jobs over the years by being in the right place at the right time. I once bought a car from a dealership on a handshake just before the close of business (the paperwork couldn’t be filed until the following Monday) because the salesman and I both knew it was an opportunity neither wanted to pass up. Heck, I was even adopted into my family through nothing more than opportune timing.

I encourage you to consider the glimpses and opportunities God places in your life. Many of us pray. I’m not sure that everyone recognizes opportunity as the answer God provides to our prayers. I suspect good and decent people might still hesitate because they want a concrete answer from God. I don’t believe that’s how our Creator works. I operate under the premise that God wants us to use free will to choose. The choice we make reflects our faith in the answers He provides.

Perhaps, I’m wrong about this. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

As always, this has been the World According to Chris. Please hit the like button or leave a reply.

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