Getting It Right The First Time. The Missed Opportunities We Can Never Recoup

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Nothing can be more frustrating than missing a moment. Even worst when it is the kind of opportunity that marks the deal of a lifetime. Have you ever been positioned to achieve something great or significant and for whatever reason, somehow you missed your cue? Maybe you responded the wrong way, or talked out of turn. Maybe you forgot about the appointment. Maybe you weren’t paying close attention. Maybe you didn’t know what to do and you were operating with limited knowledge about the situation, or perhaps, maybe you knew but chose to do your own thing.

I have had those moments when doors that I had been praying for were opened right before my eyes and somehow I missed walking through them because I wasn’t fully prepared. At other times I have had doors open up for me and I didn’t walk through because it was not like what I had envisioned. Whatever the reason, sometimes we do miss appointments and are fortunate enough to secure a second, even a third chance at getting it right. But there are those moments that are really once in a lifetime opportunities and if we are unfortunate enough to miss those kinds of trains, recovery is oftentimes, always impossible.

Now I would love to tell you that you shouldn’t worry, that it’s gonna be alright, that you’ll get your second stab at whatever “it” might be for you. There is the possibility that you could and that would certainly be my hope, but the fact of the matter is, sometimes a missed opportunity may never, ever present itself a second time around.

Here’s a quote from Wael Abelgawad that describes the concept of time in a remarkable way:

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who has failed a grade

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper

To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask a daily wage laborer who has kids to feed

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the bride who is waiting to meet her groom

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who has missed the train

To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who has avoided an accident

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics

Bigger than the subject of time, is the Controller of time; the Master Designer and Manufacturer Himself. He still determines times and seasons. He still has jurisdiction over when things begin and when those very things come to an end. He knows the purpose for your birth, the destiny for your life and the trajectory or established pathway it will take for you to arrive at your expected end. He knows what it will take to get you to where you need to go; the vision that you have in your mind for your life. Now here is the clincher; if you don’t know this or you know but choose to ignore this truth, your ignorance of or your reluctance to subscribe to your Master Designer’s way of living your life, could cost you your entire future and quite possibly with no second chance at recovery.

If this idea scares you, it probably should! Right at this moment you might be trudging a pathway that was never designed for you. Right at this moment you might be burdened by a weight that you were never designed or assigned to carry. Right at this moment you might be entering into an alliance with someone that was never assigned to your life. Right at this moment you could be simply walking in disobedience because you have chosen to reject Truth.

Be prepared, be ready. Do what you need to do to maximize on the opportunities that will come your way and when the doors swing wide open, do not be afraid to go boldly into the unknown. Remember, if you are with Him as He purposes to be with you, there is absolutely no need to fear. Don’t miss your moment!

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