Wednesday, February 18, 2009

"Missed Opportunity"

I just realized that I missed a good opportunity to post something here on Valentine’s Day. Who can’t write something about “LOVE”! There is always something to say like- what your honey did for you, how they treated you special, or how they “forgot” to pick up roses and candy on the way home! Oh, well, maybe next year, or maybe not, or maybe I will write something anyway???

There are three things I have learned about opportunities that come our way that we miss: some are never lost, some are lost for the moment but will present themselves again, and some are lost forever.

What do you do with the opportunities that you have missed and know they are gone forever? There are a number of things you can do. You can spend your life trying to get it to present itself again- always trying to make something happen but never succeeding. You can spend your life mourning over it- I call it “crying over spilled milk” (that’s what I usually did). You can beat yourself up about it and as a result either never take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way or wear yourself out analyzing everything so you don’t repeat the same mistake.

I have learned that the best way to handle it is by doing what Paul said- “forget those things that are behind”. (Phil 3:3) Come to grips with the fact that you missed it. Stop beating yourself up about it. Go to God with it and admit to Him that you missed it. Receive His forgiveness and peace, then let it go. . Leave it in the past so that it will not affect your present and/or your future. Use it as a stepping stone instead of a stumbling block by applying the lesson that you can learn from it.

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