Friday, January 04, 2013

First Five Minute Friday of 2013

Today's Topic: OPPORTUNITY

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"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." ~Winston Churchill

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Quotations like these are difficult for me to contemplate. You see, while I try very hard to be optimistic, there's a part of my nature, my very human nature, that is pessimistic.

When I am faced with an opportunity, sometimes all I see is all the work involved. How much will be required of me in terms of time and energy and thought. "Is it worth it?" I ask myself. Generally the answer is no.

Sometimes, I allow opportunities to slip away because I'm not an optimist. I don't see the opportunity in the difficulty of the work, energy, time, and thought involved.

The true tragedy is that I don't allow the opportunity for GOD to shine through me in the difficult situation.

I hope I can remember to think in a more positive manner and allow God to shine through, even when things are difficult and I'm not feeling particularly optimistic about the opportunity--or difficulty--before me.

2 comments:

Tim and Richelle said...

appreciated your honesty.

perspective is key and i think we all struggle with seeing the difficulty or the opportunity!

here's to seeing opportunity in 2013 and beyond!

Maria Summers said...

You, my friend, and I are so much alike. I could have written word for word what you just did.

So much of my Renewal theme this year is the later part. Letting God shine through. Only through Him can I do this.