I was telling my friend, Ellen, about the launch of our new West Palm Beach church campus. We had been really nervous about starting a church in a new city and prayed that people would come.
The fateful night came and so many people showed up, that we had PROBLEMS, I told my friend. GOOD problems…like having to find a bigger venue!!!!
Ellen STOPPED me in my tracks and said,
“Where I used to work, we weren’t ALLOWED to use the word ‘problem’. We could only use the word ‘OPPORTUNITY’.”
“It changed the way everyone THOUGHT about the situation, just by the way we SAID it.”
HOLY COW! Fireworks went off!!!
If we THINK it’s a problem, then it’s definitely going to color our ATTITUDE toward the situation.
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)
However, if we think it’s a new OPPORTUNITY, then we get really excited! When opportunity knocks, we WANT to be there to open the door!
Take the Challenge!
So if we get discouraged because we perceive a problem, let’s focus INSTEAD on God’s incredible array of OPPORTUNITIES!!!
Let’s encourage ourselves to take that challenge! Start SEEING opportunity, THINKING opportunity and SAYING opportunity!
Where before, we only saw (you know)…something ELSE!
Prayer for Today
“God, help us to see things the way You do; as opportunities, as a chance to do Your will and as a possibility for something better. Help us take advantage of this opportunity to be more like You!” Amen.
Has your entire mood ever changed, just by the way you thought about something? Share it with us and help us see more opportunities in life!
Wow, this is amazing! Seriously, JUST the right timing to read this!
Awww! Thank you! I’m so glad that it was on time for you!
New opportunities embraced instead of dreaded!!
By saying thank you God!
Not only do our words according to Proverbs speak destiny into our situation, how we perceive a situation has great power. We forget that the enemy has been around thousands of years and has studied us since birth. He knows us better than we know ourselves and if not grounded in God’s word, it can be so easy when difficulties or opportunities face us to immediately fall into fearful thinking instead of remembering that as long as we keep our eyes on Christ…He already worked out the solution. All our negative thinking does is prolong our ability to walk in the solution. Personally, launching another ministry after being a victim of domestic violence, especially as a counselor, consultant and coach, it was difficult at times not to base what God called me to do on what I perceived my weaknesses to be and remember that what God has called us to do, He will enable us to finish with results beyond our wildest imagination. Blessings on your new location.
Such great words and wisdom!