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How to Make the Most of Our 2017 Opportunities

Nearly ten years ago, a Harvard student invited five people over to his dorm room to discuss a business opportunity. But, only two of the invitees showed up.

That Harvard student was Mark Zuckerberg, and the business opportunity was Facebook.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr., author of the New York Times best seller, “Life’s Little Instruction Book,” sums up the opportunity of the Zuckerberg’s billion-dollar meeting by saying:

“Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.” 

As we start the second first full week of 2017 the question before us is this: how can we make the most of the opportunities that 2017 will present?

Like Zuckerberg’s classmates, none of us can fully understand the impact of the opportunities ahead in 2017. However, we can understand that opportunities are about making choices, and making the right choice requires wisdom. True wisdom only comes from God.

Scripture states it clearly, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5, ESV).

This passage begs the question, “For which opportunities should we be asking God’s wisdom?” The answer is simple, we should pray about everything.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us three things to do, which can be applied to our lives and opportunities in 2017.

First, we are to rejoice always – in good times and bad.

Second, we should pray without ceasing, and

Lastly, we ought to give thanks to God in all circumstances.

Wisdom is defined as the appropriate use of experience, intelligence, common sense and the opinions of others, to make the right decision for a given problem, issue or opportunity.

Having the wisdom to make the right choice, instead of making the best decision will be the leading factor for our 2017 success.

Proverbs 3:13-18 reminds us that God blesses the person who finds wisdom. Eugene Peterson in the Message Translation of the Bible, calls wisdom the very tree of life.

“You’re blessed when you meet Lady Wisdom, when you make friends with Madame Insight.  
She’s worth far more than money in the bank; her friendship is better than a big salary.
Her value exceeds all the trappings of wealth; nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her. 
With one hand she gives long life, with the other she confers recognition. 
Her manner is beautiful, her life wonderfully complete.
She’s the very Tree of Life to those who embrace her.
Hold her tight—and be blessed!”
God’s will for us is that we seek the wisdom of the Lord; this will allow us to make the most of our 2017 opportunities.

Oh by the way, the two people who had the wisdom to meet with Mark Zuckerberg are now billionaires.

Happy New Year!

Marben Bland is the Pastor of Hill Chapel and Mitchell Chapel AME Churches in Sparta, GA. He is also an entrepreneur in addition to being a writer and speaker.

A New Year’s Message For You

We are about to embark on a new year with 925,600 minutes of time at our disposal.  Ephesians 5:15-17 tells us to look carefully how we walk, not as the unwise but as the wise, making the best use of our time.

Time is perhaps our must precious gift.  The way we use time, and the people we choose to spend our time with is important.

Conceivably, for someone we know or for even ourselves, the 925,600 minutes of time allocated for this year will not be used, for this life on earth will end.   

Therefore, let us take the wise council of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  which tells us to do these three things with our time: Rejoice always (in good times and bad), pray without ceasing, and  give thanks to God in all circumstances.

Happy New Year!