Opportunity Grasped

Read: Proverbs 11:24-31

This past Sunday in the message I encouraged people to think about times in their life in which they missed a wonderful opportunity. It’s sometimes easy to look back and wish we would have grasped that chance to make a difference or give a testimony for Christ, but what if we anticipated them beforehand? Would we end up with less missed opportunities to help people, invite them to receive Jesus, or bless them, if we are looking for them ahead of time?

This past week Kathie Lee Gifford did just that on NBC’s Today Show. Her husband Frank Gifford recently passed away and this past Monday was her first day back on the show since his death. She took the opportunity on air to share about her husband’s life and the importance of his foundation of faith in Christ. She could have talked most about his Hall of Fame career in the NFL or his years as an announcer on Monday Night Football but she used that opportunity for something even more important.

Kathie testified to the Forgiveness, Grace, and Hope that is found in Jesus Christ. She said of Frank, “He was the happiest, most contented man at this point of his life.” She then went on to take that opportunity to let others know how they could find that peace and contentment in life. Kathie said to the audience, “I know it’s the answer for you!” If you haven’t seen it on Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube yet here is a link to see and hear what else she said.

The one line that keeps sticking with me is when she said, “Those of you who are hurting today, I know it’s the answer for you!” That is exactly the message I want to live, preach, and testify to. Jesus can make this life so much more wonderful for anyone and everyone. It does not mean that we will not face difficult times or hard circumstances in life, but it does mean that Jesus will give us peace and contentment for the journey here on earth and into eternity in heaven.

My prayer is that we all will continue to grasp the opportunities to share this with others. Through helping those in need, through sharing this good news, through encouraging someone to give Jesus a try. As Kathie said, “This is not about religion, this is about a living God.”

I remember Frank Gifford as being one of the best Monday Night Football broadcasters of all time. I was too young to remember him as a player. But now I will remember him for an even better reason, as a fellow believer and follower of Jesus Christ. Just as Frank encouraged his children to do with the stones that he brought home from the Holy Land, I would like to encourage you this week to ask, “what am I going to do with my stone, what can I do to make a difference in this world?”

Proverbs 11:25 says, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Don’t miss your opportunity to live that verse out and in turn be blessed by God.

Make it personal: In the message this past Sunday I encouraged us to awake each morning and ask Jesus to help us with something. Maybe you can make this prayer personal this week. It goes like this, “Jesus, help me to notice how I can make a difference in someone’s life today.”

Have a blessed week and be a blessing, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church