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Welcome to my blog: Today's Lady Virtue. This site is for women--wives, mothers, singles, widows, family, friends, etc.! My heart is to share loving encouragement coupled with timeless truths from God's Word, the Bible, to enlighten, uplift, and empower women of today. At Today's Lady Virtue we're about "Reclaiming Virtuous Womanhood today the Time-tested Way!" Here you will find a variety of posts from poems, to "Put into Practice" principles, to pictures and more! I invite you to voyage with me on the quest to become Today's Lady Virtue.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Opportunities Expire: Perspective for After the Fact

Years ago a friend of ours suffered the tragic loss of the wife of his youth to cancer. He was a "wayback" friend that we didn't see very often. We lived on opposite sides of a big city and our paths didn't naturally cross. Only two live events in a span of about six years of time reconnected us with our friend. But we close enough to send/receive friendly correspondence--like baby announcements and Christmas letters.

A few hearsay rumors had trickled in during that time, but we didn't connect with our friend to verify. We didn't know our friend's wife was so sick. We didn't know of her carepage until she had already passed away, leaving the husband of her youth and precious toddler son to wait for heaven's reunion. 

A missed opportunity. To listen. To pray. To care. To serve. To be a friend to a friend in need. I've shed many after the fact tears and offered many after the fact prayers for God to help this friend.

And I'm not saying I "beat myself up" with "What ifs" and "If onlys." God's grace I boast!

And I'm not saying I now always seize every opportunity to be a friend to a friend in need. Not even close!

But what I am saying is this:
God used my after the fact realization to teach me that opportunities expire.
So with opportunities, be wise!

Have you ever missed out on an opportunity? Shown up late to serve or not served at all. Been too busy to call, to write, to stop-by . . . To have talked the time away and left no time to pray. Your heart to have shared so long that you didn't ask to your friend, "What's wrong?"

God reminds us to live wisely! Jesus our lives can shine. Like mirrors for God reflect Him. Opportunistically share God's love. Take the Greek exagorazo chance to "make wise and sacred use of every opportunity for doing good" towards people for the glory of God and His everlasting kingdom. Opportunities expire, so with opportunities, be wise!

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Ephesians 5:15-17

God's yoke is easy and His burden light. Heavy laden list, He's not heaping on us--alright? He's just giving us a little nudge to think about others in addition to ourselves. To ask Him, "God, how can I show Your love to the people You've put in my life to think of?"

Lord, help us to see our individual opportunities to love others like You do. In Jesus' name, AMEN. 

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