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.