Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Growing My Faith Part 18 - Making the Most of Every Opportunity

Susie met the new day with anticipation in her heart. It was a welcome relief to the discouragement that had recently immobilized her. Once she applied God’s methods for making the most of her day (see Tuesday’s devotional) His strength enabled her to pull out of her rut.

God gives us inward strength and insight so we can make the most of every opportunity to live as He intended us to live. This brings peace to our hearts.
Then He moves us on to make the most of every opportunity with an outward focus on others. This brings joy to our hearts.

In Colossians 4:2-6 the Apostle Paul speaks to followers of Jesus. Here he tells us to focus outward, beyond ourselves. This is God’s purpose for each of us… to find our innermost needs met by Him and then to look beyond to see others who also need God’s power for living.

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful”.

prayer & reflection

Father God, help me to give prayer a place of priority in my life. Remind me to pray for the people around me as I go through my day. Help me to keep a thankful heart and to be alert to what is going on around me.

“And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”

I pray for those who are specifically working to tell the story of Jesus. Please open doors for Your message to go forward to change lives, homes, churches, schools and work places. Bless my pastor today. Guide the Christian Woman Today staff.

“Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.”

Help me to give your message of love and power clearly through the way I live and talk today. I know that my life is the only Bible some will ever read.

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”

I need your help to be wise in the way I treat others. Help me to be careful with my tones and attitudes. May I make the most of every opportunity to interact and show Your love.

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Help my words to come from a heart that is tender toward You. Help me to be gracious in the way I speak. Give my conversations enough of the saltiness of Your preserving love to make others thirsty for You. Give me words to answer those You send my way. I choose to make the most of every opportunity to point to You.
In Jesus’ name, amen.