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01/25/2017

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A Wonderful Gift - Opportunity Part 1


"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers" (Gal.6:10).

Let me start today with an unusual question... How many chances do we get? You will probably answer that question with one of your own. Chances for what? One of the wonderful gifts that we get from God is the gift of opportunity.... I would like to list 5 opportunities that each of us have today. There are so many, that I'll present you with 5 more tomorrow. Mark Twain is credited with saying this; "I can live two months on a good compliment." We have been the recipient of the wonderful gift of encouragement. A critic often destroys, while encouragers build up. It has been said that one "Atta boy" is worth more than ten "O craps." Paul wrote to the Thessalonians that he encouraged them as a father would his son. ( 1 Thess.2:11). A second wonderful gift is that of understanding. There is this little voice inside all of us that says we want to be understood, isn't there? Since that is the case, we ought to have the desire to be understanding to others also, especially during trying times. The third gift that has been afforded to us is the gift of kindness. I can cite verse after verse from the Bible that encourages us to be kind to one another. With limited space, I'll encourage you to look at 2 Pet.1:7, Rom.12:10 and Eph.4:32 today... It is a gift that never stops giving. The fourth gift is that of our physical presence. Do many of you attend the funeral services of someone you cared for? A bigger question I might ask is this... Did you visit and try to lift their spirits while they were alive? There is simply no substitute for visiting someone who is confined to a hospital or care facility. The fifth wonderful gift we have been blessed with is that of gratitude. Paul writes this; "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you..." (1 Thess.5:18). When Jesus healed the 10 lepers, only one of them returned to give thanks to Him. Lets be like the one and not like the nine. In the 1st century BC, the Roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote these words; "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." We'll revisit opportunity tomorrow with 5 more gifts...

Have a great day.... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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