They say opportunity will come knocking at the door, however, I believe opportunity doesn’t just stop at the door, but instead shows up all around us everyday. Little finely tuned thoughts, words, or even actions that are given to brighten a day or continue a lingering hope.
A smile for example is an opportunity to switch someone’s mood instantly around. A simple gesture of sincerity showing that you recognize they exist instead of passing them by like everyone else before you did.
How about the instantaneous moment when you pay for your friend or co-worker’s lunch or coffee? Minimal maybe in the eyes of the one making the payment, but to the Omnipresent, the gesture has planted seeds for the kingdom.
As a mom, I love leaving notes for my kids to read as a way to remind them that although I may not be present, my love travels not only close and near but far and wide. The special thought is one way I take advantage of being able to speak encouragement and life into my kids.
Jesus did the same. He never missed a beat, and he used every spare moment as an opportunity to speak life into the dead (John 11:38-44), shine light into the darkness (John 9:1-34), and bring hope to the despairing (John 8:1-11).
So many times we define success as something of great materialistic value yet God’s definition is simple, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”(Matthew 22:37-38/Luke 10:27)
Our opportunity for eternal life came in the middle of the night swaddled in unadorned garments when the world was too busy keeping watch for a savior of pomp and circumstance.
Jesus never wasted a day that was given to him.
Then, at his allotted time, He departed on a piece of timber with iron as the fastener giving us a new entrance into salvation.
If we are to do as Jesus did, and to be like Jesus is, then we need to make every day matter. As long as we have breath, we are able to hand out small gifts of love to encourage and change someone’s day.
What Random Acts Of Kindness (RAK) have you done recently for the kingdom?