My friend was reminiscing about her grandchildren. She had a hard life, to say the least, and was marveling at the opportunities her grandchildren were experiencing: excellent schooling, trips to world-class museums, traveling sports teams, a wonderful church and friends.
Thumbing through their school yearbook, she said to me, “I can’t help but think how my life would have turned out if I had been given all of these opportunities.” When she was growing up, she didn’t have any of these opportunities. As I said, her life had been really tough; but she grew to be a loving and faithful mother.
So I looked at her and said, “Maybe you were not the one to be given the opportunity, but maybe you were the one to give the opportunity.”
Looking at her face and seeing the love she had for her grandchildren, I knew that she wouldn’t change that for the world. Giving opportunities to others is far greater than just getting opportunities for ourselves.
God forms us through all the trials and hardships of life to be the kinds of people who will give blessing and opportunity to others. This is your calling.
Jesus said in Matthew 10:39 that we must lose ourselves in order to find ourselves. This means that the greatest opportunity we have is to give opportunities to others.
Instead of worrying how you can get yourself ahead in this world, why not pause and look around, to see how you can be a blessing to others today? There is so much freedom in forgetting to put ourselves at the center of it all.
The center belongs to Jesus Christ and he wants to use you to reach those that are far from him or in need. Don’t look for opportunity to knock in your life, but find out how you can be the answer to someone else’s knocking.