DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY
(Here is an article wrote for a church youth group in 1998. It has been reproduced and handed on to other institutions many time since.
Alternately, you can find a better way and have the world’s best organizational manager help you get there. The truth is it’s not what you know, it’s who you know that gives you the best breaks life has to offer.
Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”
Time is an extremely precious resource. Most believe it’s all we have to do what we need to do in our lives. And in many ways it’s true. Try putting aside time for the things you most want while on the job on a regular basis. Chances are you won’t have a job for long.
Time controls our life. When we have lots of time, we can do almost anything we want. But if the available time is cut off for any reason, all of our possibilities may also be cut off. And to us all, time is the most precious when we realise that we don’t have enough of it to finish the things we started.
Queen Elizabeth I of England was one of the richest women in the world during her reign. She owned half the country. Yet, on her deathbed, she was reported to have said, “I would give all I have for a few more minutes of time.”
Remember the earlier statement that it’s not what you know, but who you know that gives you the best breaks life has to offer. He’s also the author of time. His name is Jesus Christ.
The Holy Bible speaks frequently of time. In fact there are more than 500 references to time within its pages.
We are reminded of times and seasons; told to wait for the right time; instructed to redeem lost time; given an understanding of eternal time: indefinite time; appointed time; numbered time; generational time; second time and other times.
In the book of Joshua it is recorded that the sun didn’t go down for a day because Joshua prayed consistently for victory in battle with his arms raised. He essentially petitioned God for 24 hours for daylight, and in the process won the battle.
Those of us who have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ also know how to petition our God. We ask him (as they did in the bible) to redeem lost time, to make time for us to get something done or to give us more time to spend in his presence. And you know what, He honours those requests.
Remember, it’s not what you know, but who you know that gives you the best breaks life has to offer.
So try it some time. Whenever you’re short on time, or need more time, or find yourself working to a tight deadline, call on Jesus to help you get through either with the time you have available to you, or if that’s not possible, to extend the time on the project.
In time, you too could become the one who consistently does a great job, and is most likely to kick open the doors of opportunity. The one who is paid well, promoted and given additional responsibilities. And the one of capable of putting life and career into an upward trajectory.
With God you can be that person. But He’s too much of a gentleman to impose Himself on you. You’ll have to do the asking. . . . So ask.
© Copyright Peter Collins, Profit Maker Sales, Sydney, Australia, 1998, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2017, all rights reserved.
PS Here is a wonderful description of time form the Book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-14, simply titled, A Time for Everything . . .
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil -this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.
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This Article is by Peter Collins – In a sales career spanning more than 53 years, Peter Collins has focused on helping and bringing out the best in others – whether it involves training or mentoring salespeople, managers, business consulting to SME’s. Since the 1970’s Peter has built a reputation as a Nationally and Internationally Published author, and has 68 business books to his credit, but he is mainly known for one book based on the Audio Tape series of the same name, Over 50 Ways of Closing the Sale. Peter had his first book published in 1969 and now has over 133 books in all, including Business, Marketing, Sales, Free Publicity, Body Language, Music and over 30 Christian books to date. Peters books have sold over 2.5 Million copies of his books over 49 years. In his personal life, Peter has been sought after as an encourager and motivator that has given of his time and talents freely despite his busy schedule. Subsequently, he has assisted churches, pastors, community and charity groups, as well as individuals through his teaching, training, development and on-going mentoring.
© Copyright Peter Collins, Profit Maker Sales, Sydney, Australia, 1994, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2017, all rights reserved. Peter can be contacted through his website – profitmakersales.com
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