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May Mean Work

When opportunity knocks, our hearts begin to race. We dream about the possibilities of following through this door that’s suddenly opened. So many options! So much potential! Everything is just so…perfect!

Yet when the logistics of the opportunity start falling into place and action steps begin to making themselves known, something often changes inside us. We begin to quake, to shift our weight, to bite our lip. We didn’t think we’d have to do that. Nothing was said about having to do this. There’s got to be another way other than having to do that.

Thomas Edison once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” How often do we get excited about the possibilities that await, pray earnestly for an opportunity to drop into our laps, only to shrink back once the true cost of commitment is revealed?

It’s easy to become haughty and prefer the most esteemed tasks and roles. Yet our foremost example should be Jesus Christ, who showed us the true nature and heart of a servant. We are working for God, not for man. So why should we argue and bicker about our given tasks?

Let’s not become blind to the humble opportunities that present themselves daily. Sometimes the smallest things are of the most importance. Jesus submitted himself to a human form, stooping even to the helplessness of an infant. Shouldn’t we strive to pursue that kind of humility and aim for that type of servitude?

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