Sunday, September 19, 2010

Opportunities Missed

Sunday School hit me pretty hard today.

Dan was moved to tears.

I was moved to shame.

I had a particularly rough week and I failed in this commandment.

"Be devoted to one another.
Honor one another above yourselves." Romans 12:10
"Never miss the opportunity to be kind."
"That day never comes again."
"That opportunity never comes again."
"As you go through life, look out not always in."

I have this stack of unsent cards.
I failed to bring a gift to a friend.
I have not visited the sick.
I planned to bring a meal.
All the good intentions did not always get done.

This week, I have gotten angry instead of showing kindness.

All I can do now is ask for fogiveness and ask for strength to begin again.

Do not let these "opportunities missed" weigh on your heart and mind.

Pick up the phone, send a note or email, give a smile, give a hug...

Take the opportunity to be kind.

Try kindness and you will see...eventually it comes back to you!


Kelly Langner Sauer said...

Carol, the Holy Spirit does not convict to shame you.

Take heart, friend. God knows what He intends you to do. He is not a demanding Master... Rest in Him now, on His grace.

I am glad you linked at "Three from here and there." Which post did you mean to link for us? I can't find our button or a link anywhere?

sarah from three said...

Thank you for the link Carol :-) To get the button, go to our "About" page and at the bottom is a little box with code in it.

You click on the code, and click "ctrl" and "A" on your keyboard at the same time. This will copy the whole lot. Then you go to your post window at your blog and click "ctrl" and "v" simultaneously. The whole code should turn up, and when you publish it will be our button :-)

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

Oh the opportunities missed. How I can relate. Praying His grace over both of us!

Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...

Hi Carol,
So nice to meet you at my blog. My husband is from the midwest--Minnesota. I know you may have a lot of blue out there but you also have abundant green--which we lack in the desert. God paints different colors in different places. Unique just like you.

I'm jumping in with Kelly, here, to reassure you that the Lord is gracious and He offers us many opportunities to be thoughtful. Praise God that He is reaching out to encourage us, not to condemn us. Only the enemy does that--and we get fooled into playing his ugly game.

Know that the Lord delights in you Psalm 37:23&24


janelle said...

"It is because of the Lord's mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23 (Amplied Version)

I agree with Kelly; our God is not a God of shame ~ and you Carol, are a kind, beautiful, thoughtful and caring person!

Amy said...

Hi Carol, I popped over from Three From Here and There. Glad to stop by. Boy, the enemy of our soul will nearly paralyze us from what we CAN do now, by what we SHOULD have done then. Be encouraged in His tender mercies and His great delight in us His children. We who are in Christ are not condemned any longer...hallelujah - great JOY!