Raindrops hit the ground as they’re swept aside by the windshield wipers.
To the left, a young man gently plays his guitar, the case open for anyone who cares to drop in some change. On the right, a little girl and her mom rush to their car, packages and colored bags in hand.
The city lights and the shining moon reflect off of the wet pavement. To some, this is just another rainy night. To others, it’s so much more.
The Lens of Opportunity
Each person has their own view of the world. Some look at things through eyes of pain. Others do anything they can to find success. Nevertheless, neither of those begin to compare to, what I like to call, “the lens of opportunity”.
In short, the lens of opportunity is what opens your eyes to more than just the world around you.
Rather than seeing each day as “just another normal day”, everything becomes an opportunity to reach out.
I once heard a story about a woman that went shopping at a local thrift store. When she got up to the counter to check out, the cashier was simply rude. It was clear that she’d had an awful day and, in turn, let it turn her attitude into one of irritation and anger.
Many people would’ve gotten annoyed and upset at the cashier. However, this lady didn’t. Why? Because she saw an opportunity.
I don’t remember all that they said or how exactly the conversation started, but what happened that day was remarkable.
Though she could’ve given that lady a piece of her mind and left the store, the woman decided to tell the lady of her own anger and how she found hope.
By the end of the conversation, the lady, who had been taking out her frustration on her customers, was in tears.
Her life was changed simply because one woman looked through the lens of opportunity and saw more than just an angry cashier.
Something I love about Jesus’ life is that everything was an opportunity.
When someone was sick, Jesus not only healed them, but often forgave them of their sins. Whenever someone tried to corner him and get Him into trouble, He used that as a platform to share the truth about God’s love.
I’ve noticed that I often go through life with a routine mindset. Okay. Today I have to do this, that, this again, and more of that. Then I need to find time to do this. I watch life play out as if it’s a to-do list and nothing more.
Can you imagine what our world would be if everyone started looking through the lens of opportunity?
Life itself is a miracle, but many of us go around as if it the same old thing over and over again. We carry on in hopes that maybe something exciting will happen today.
Matthew 5: 13-16 is an amazing example of how we, as Christians, should be acting on an everyday basis.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
We are the salt of the earth. We are meant to reach out and share the hope of Christ with everyone we meet. More often than not, many of us get stuck in the same routine and lose our salty flavor. We no longer see the world around us as an opportunity. Instead, we go day-to-day, staying on schedule and checking off our to-do list.
How can we be the light of the world, when we are constantly looking through the blurred lens of normality? It’s time to set aside the expected routine and see more than just the world around us.
It’s time to look through the lens of opportunity.
What are your thoughts? Tell me in the comment section below!
How have you seen yourself get caught up in the normal routine of to-do lists and schedules?
How can you start embracing opportunities instead of missing them?
*all scripture verses are taken from the English Standard Version*
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