It's Friday. It's another five minutes of free writing with Lisa-Jo Baker.
New opportunities seem all fancy and fun and full of promise.
And when we first sieze them they usually are. We go full force into new ones because of the excitement and the thrill. Getting married, becoming a foster mom, having a baby, starting a new job, joining a church, volunteering at school and the list goes on and on. We don't all get the same opportunities, and sometimes that gets us a little out-of-sorts, especially when I want your opportunity and you might be jealous of mine.
But then after a little time, it no longer feels like an opportunity it just feels like life. It gets hard and boring and exhausting. The glamour is gone and we start second guessing whether or not it was an opportunity or a curse.
We have no choice but to keep putting one foot in front of the other and walk on, so we kep on.
We keep loving kids that didn't choose us and forget that the opportunity wasn't for an easy road. It was for a life-long unconditional do it when you don't feel like it kind of love that not everybody else in your life signed up for with you.
We keep trying to be good enough for God to use us and find out it is really in the I'll never measure up so take me as I am obedience when God gives us new chances to show His glory.
We keep being wives and moms and employees and friends years after the first glimpse of the opportunity arose, because it is in the keep on keeping on that the blessings of the opportunities are hidden.
So, the next opportunity that comes up- don't shy away from it. And don't over-think it, as I am tempted to do.
Maybe you can do something bigger than yourself for somebody you might not even know- or at least keep doing what you do every day and know that it is for a greater purpose.
Yep, most of our opportunities look different for each of us but there is one that is open to all of us- the opportunity to love God and in turn love His people.
And that opportunity is one that will always be full of promise.
Happy Friday y'all!