Just Take It!

Grab your window of opportunity

Grab your window of opportunity

Lately I’ve been wondering, contemplating as to why some people get all these great opportunities while others are left to pick up the scraps. Why is it that some people get promotions in life whereas others remain stuck at the same level?

I know this is a loaded question for which we can’t have all the answers. But after some lengthy discussion with hubby, I came to this conclusion:

  •  If you want something, you’ve got to ask for it, you’ve got to take it. You can’t sit around waiting for good things to happen, you have to “make it work,” to quote Tim Gunn (shout out to all Project Runway peeps).

Jesus highlighted this principle of asking, seeking, knocking, and just being doggone persistent when he said:

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7)

Life is brimming with opportunities, but often times we don’t have because we don’t ask. Unless people know your intentions, they can’t help you pursue or reach your goals.

Now don’t get it twisted. God is a giver of good things: whatever you hope to receive must bless, nourish, encourage, and elevate those around you. Yes, to him much is given much is required.

Personally, this mindset is refreshing because it puts power back into my hands. Instead of expecting my boss, colleagues, husband, pastor, family member, friend, government, or community to “see” me, I can proactively seize opportunities for advancement, both physically and spiritually.

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11 thoughts on “Just Take It!

    • So true. I think we sometimes fall short because we’re expecting God to do all the work, not realizing that we have are part to play as well. God wants to partner with us, not just dictate terms. He wants to fulfill the desires of our hearts, no?

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  1. I’m giving it a try. Maintaining faith through silence and rejection was harder at the start, so I have to keep affirming that a God-given talent is also a God-given mission.

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  2. Amen. A really good point. It’s the same for emotions. You can’t expect others to know what you’re thinking. If something is wrong, it’s up to you to be willing to identify it and then share with the other person how you’re feeling: not placing blame, but letting them in. Otherwise the situation can never be resolved, and the only person you have to blame is yourself.

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    • Wow, that’s a great point. Sometimes I expect my husband to know how I’m feeling, thinking that after so many years of marriage, he should know. But you’re right in that it only leads to frustration and misplaced feelings when we’re not honest about our emotions. The other problem is that getting in touch with our emotions is not easy. So even explaining what we’re feeling can get complicated because we just don’t know how to express ourselves…

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      • Amen! I know what you mean. Sometimes I don’t know why I’m feeling a certain way. So how can I explain it to someone else, let alone expect them to know! We humans are mysterious creatures. 😉

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