For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2: 10)
I believe that at the end of our lives, our greatest regrets will not be this or that mistake we made. Rather, at the top of the regret list will be opportunities God offered us, but we left them on the table. We will regret conversations we could have had, “risks” we could have taken, steps out of comfort we could have dared – all of which that could have changed our lives or someone else’s.
Maybe the excuse was busyness. Maybe the deterrent was caution and fear as we assessed our own resources and discounted God’s. Perhaps the culprit was “one day, when…” But for whatever reason, we either said “no” or “later.” And by the way, “later” is most often a “no.” The window of opportunity closes. You know what road to where good intentions pave.
If you’re looking for an excuse, you’ll always find one. However, if your eyes are peeled for opportunity, you’ll always find one! Where will your focus be? Will action or inaction be your choice?
God has uniquely prepared you for this moment. He gave you the talents and innate abilities, and He’s given you learning experiences along the way that have developed your skills. But do NOT be surprised if many of the assignments He gives you are WAY over your head! Sure, God wants you to use what He has given you on a routine basis. But He does not want you to become confident that “you’ve got this!”
You see, if we work hard and pull it off ourselves, we are likely to congratulate the person in the mirror. However, when the situation looks humanly impossible, but God shows up and miraculously pulls it off, He gets the credit. When your dream or opportunity is much bigger than you are, great! You’re about to learn that it’s not bigger than your God!
Mark Batterson, one of my favorite authors, says, “If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s too small.” When is the last time you stepped out and said “yes” to an opportunity that scared the bejeebers out of you?
Somebody reading this is on the cusp of a decision that could change the trajectory of his or her life, influence, and legacy. That someone might be you. Oh, it could be a “tiny” opportunity, but the ripple could become a positive tsunami in your future and that of many others. Or, you may be standing at a crossroads between business as usual and a giant shift toward the Kingdom way of doing business. Your “cautious common sense” says “no,” but your spiritual sense knows that God is tugging at your heart, and He just won’t leave you alone about it.
If it’s God, you will never be happy, no matter how “safe” you try to stay. Playing it safe is risky when it comes to avoiding those regrets. Do your homework. Honor God’s principles in the process. Seek His wisdom. But remember that being bold is wise when God has a plan, and you are in the flow of it. It’s a privilege to be chosen to be a part what He’s doing in this earth!
So if you know deep down that God is calling you, you are currently giving Him your answer. Inaction is an answer. Don’t miss this God-given opportunity!
Don’t look back on this time with regret and wonder, “What if…?”
God, give me discernment when You are speaking to me about a new assignment, I want to tell you in advance, “Yes.” Just let me know clearly what it is, and I’m Yours to use in service to others. Thank You for the blessing of being in the flow of Your unbelievable plans.