opportunity – from an old sea village phrase, a port of unity. “Come in here where it is safe and beneficial.”

This is a devotion from Living Free Every Day (LivingFree.org)

Seize the Opportunity

Today’s Scripture
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people” Galatians 6:10 NIV

Thought for Today
God gives us opportunities to do good to all people. Today’s scripture encourages us to use every opportunity that comes.

How often do we hear of a friend’s need and simply respond with an “I’ll pray for you.” Sometimes that’s all we can do. However, many times we could give some practical assistance as well. But that might be inconvenient. Or costly. “As we have opportunity, let us do good.”

And then there is the homeless man on the street corner whom we pretend not to see. Or the lady who lives across town and needs a ride to church. Inconvenient. Or the friend dealing with a crisis who just needs to talk. But I have so much to do today. “As we have opportunity, let us do good.”

Consider This . . .
Sometimes our lives are not characterized by caring and kindness. We are too busy, too caught up in ourselves and our own troubles, too isolated. Just imagine what would happen in the body of Christ if we each begin to show compassion and brotherly kindness at every opportunity?

Let us start each day with a prayer asking God to help us use every opportunity to do good. Let us be sensitive so we will seize those opportunities and not run from them.

Prayer . . .
Father, forgive me for sometimes being selfish, not wanting to help someone because it is inconvenient or uncomfortable. Teach me to seize every op-port-unity to do good. In Jesus’ name . . .