Daily Devotional

In Part 1, we identified that doing the most important things first is critical for success in 2021. The principle can be applied by making a list of the most important things that you must do daily, set aside time at the start of the day to do those things and channeling or prioritizing your resource towards these things you must do first    

# 2: Make Better Use of Your Opportunities

1 Samuel 17:26 26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel?

What are the opportunities that passed you by in 2021?  To avoid a repeat, be better prepared both physically and mentally to seize the opportunities that will present themselves in 2022.  

Do not expect to wake up one day and things suddenly change for the better. The way to create radical change is to make the best of every opportunity. Joseph moved from prisoner to governor of Egypt all in one day because he made the best of his opportunity. In 1 Samuel 17 David was only a shepherd boy whom no one knew, but in one day his life changed only because he made the best of his opportunity. By no means was it given to him on a silver platter, he had to fight for it, but made the best of the opportunity that was presented.  What everybody else saw as a reason to be fearful, he saw as an opportunity for greatness. When he defeated the giant, his life instantly changed. Not only was he awarded with riches by the King, he was given a seat at the King’s table and the people started to ascribe greater honour to him than King Saul. What we can learn from David is that a life altering moment is only one opportunity away; do not let yours pass you by.

There are four factors that could have caused you to miss out on opportunities that presented themselves last year. First, you may have seen the opportunity but did not have the resources (money or people relationship) to take advantage of those opportunities. Second, you may have seen the opportunity but messed it up because of a lack of knowledge as to what to do. Third, the opportunity may not have been seen by you initially and when you did see it as such it was too late. Lastly, you may have seen the opportunity and had the resources, but took no action because of fear. Regardless of which of the four factors was most applicable to you in 2021, you can minimize the chance of good opportunities passing you by immediately taking two (2) preparatory steps: a) Partner and/or network with the right people who have the resources, knowledge and skill sets that you lack; and, b) Take the phrase “it can’t be done” out of your vocabulary and train your mind instead to ask how can it be done when an opportunity present itself.  With that mindset, look at all conceivable options with a view of identifying a creative solution that allows you to seize the opportunity.

Life Application: List all possible options that you could take to seize an opportunity and invest time to develop creative solutions that get you to the outcome you are looking for.

Prayer: Lord, help me to seize all available opportunities available to me through your wisdom and direction. In Jesus name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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