Life Is Too Short – Opportunity Mindset
Key Bible Verse: So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. … Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. – Ephesians 5:15, 17
Bonus Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Are today’s Key Bible Verses about overloading your schedule with church events and obligations? … or turning normal relational moments into abnormal witnessing encounters?
No! They’re about committing daily life to God’s purposes. So …
- Make the most of every area in which God has placed you. Are you single, married, retired, parent, child, friend, employer, employee, student, or grandparent? See these callings and seasons of life as opportunities to display the grace of Christ.
- Avoid a “get through this season” mentality. We say to ourselves, If I can just get through this busy season of life, then I’ll be okay. This is an ungodly understanding of our current responsibilities and opportunities. I tend to do this with parenting: If I can just get through the diaper phase … Next it becomes: If I can just get through these early years of elementary school, then I can minister to others. But if I’m not careful, I’ll wish my life away and miss many opportunities to love and serve my children … to die to self and grow in grace. God wants us to see the daily struggles of life as critical moments of redemptive opportunity rather than hindrances.
—Tim Lane & Paul Tripp in Relationships: A Mess Worth Making
My Response: A current redemptive opportunity I need to grab hold of is …
Thought to Apply: Every day is a day of reckoning. —John W. Gardner (educator, government & philanthropy administrator)
Adapted from Relationships: A Mess Worth Making (New Growth, 2006)
Prayer for the Week: I want to devote my life to Your purposes, Lord. Help me work that out in my responses to the situations I face every day.