Opportunity. Does it really knock? Seems we are always looking for it. Or talking about one. It is the stuff that can make or break dreams. It can open doors for something new. We cry when we don’t have it. We are exhilarated when it comes to our door. In the Word we are told to make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16). So what are we waiting for? We can find our opportunity in the everyday things of this world to make the most of by pointing them back to the Glory of the Father. A kindness in the grocery to the mom with the baby who’s crying in the check out line, the meal you take to the neighbor who’s just lost his wife, the note you write to your child’s teacher at the end of the year; all of these everyday things are an opportunity to be Jesus to them. There art thou happy. Ding.
Ok, The challenge is to write for 5 minutes only on a topic that we are given, I think I’m up to the challenge, here goes nothing:
I’ve always been aware of other perspectives because my interaction with others has depended on knowing that perspective and adjusting my approach when speaking to someone. I’m a nurse, worse- I’m a pediatric nurse, worse yet- I was a school nurse for 16 years. So you see perspective is important to me. It’s a fine line we walk when we assume that someone knows or understands us just because they can speak the same language. Or whether or not I can grasp what their situation is between the lines of conversation. Often understanding the perspective of a person relies on knowing their life experience, their relationships and their attitudes on certain subjects. Grace is where God comes in- I’ve learned that in order to be heard and understood I have to be able to give out His grace and consider the other person’s perspective in determining what needs to be said and how to say it and in how to present myself.
Ok, my five minutes are up.