British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” As champions, we look for the good in any challenge or opportunity.
During the workout, we do not give up if we struggle with a lift or movement. Instead, we don’t just figure out how to get through but improve our technique and grow in our ability as athletes. That’s because competitors have a mindset about seeing the opportunity in anything. Where many people see impossible mountains to scale, we see footholds and a way up. That’s what sets someone apart a person who is determined versus someone who isn’t.
Opportunity also comes when we aren’t looking for it. Think of all the times God intervened in someone’s life in the Bible. In Ancient Egypt, Moses had it all and then some, and then came along the Lord to give him a critically spiritual mission. David was a shepherd boy when he killed Goliath and saved his nation.
Opportunities from God often manifest when we least anticipate them. Yet, we must be prepared to heed His guidance to carry out His divine work. The book of Hosea reminds us, “Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.” This Scripture conveys that by doing what is right, we pave a smoother path to follow God’s lead. Embracing the way of Christ results in increased opportunities for us as His devoted disciples.
May we, both as competitors and Christians, possess the discernment to recognize opportunities when they arise. Such recognition will contribute to our spiritual growth within His gospel, rendering us valuable assets in the endeavor to build His kingdom.
1. Write down two ways you can improve your opportunities.
2. Read a story about a Biblical figure not mentioned in this article that had an opportunity from God.