Missing Your Opportunity
May 18, 2008
Eccles. 9:10 says, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."
NTRODUCTION: Years ago, I attended Asheboro Business College, in Asheboro, North Carolina. One of classes I took was entitled, "Behavioral Psychology." If I don't remember anything else about that class, I do remember the words of the professor, as he encouraged the students to avail themselves to every opportunity in school. He said, "There comes a time in the life of every person, when because of age or location, certain opportunities are no longer available." Over the years, I have found that to be true.
Perhaps you have missed some opportunities in your life. Things were presented to you; you had the chance to take advantage of them, but you let them slip by, and you regret it to this day. Then, again, maybe you are the more fortunate person, who, when the opportunity came, you seized it; and today, you are glad you did.
I don't know of many things that can bring more regret than missed opportunities, especially, things that will have an effect on us throughout our lives, and some things, throughout eternity. The purpose of my message this morning is to cause us to think about opportunities, and why we should take advantage of them before the widow of opportunity is closed.
POEM: William Shakespeare
There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries."
Let me give you a few things to think about...
I. Shedding the Past
II. Seizing the Moment
III. Securing the Future
I. SHEDDING THE PAST
QUOTE: Thomas Heywood (1574-1641) wrote,
O God! O God! that it were possible
To undo things done; to call back yesterday!
That Time could turn up his swift sandy ...
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