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The Right Place at the Right Time

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day“Let me share one of my core convictions: God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place at the right time. A sense of destiny is our birthright as followers of Christ. God is awfully good at getting us where He wants us to go. But here’s the catch: The right place often seems like the wrong place, and the right time often seems like the wrong time…

Here’s the point: God is in the résumé-building business. He is always using past experiences to prepare us for future opportunities. But those God-given opportunities often come disguised as man-eating lions. And how we react when we encounter those lions will determine our destiny. We can cower in fear and run away from our greatest challenges. Or we can chase our God-ordained destiny by seizing the God-ordained opportunity.

As I look back on my own life, I recognize this simple truth: The greatest opportunities were the scariest lions. Part of me has wanted to play it safe, but I’ve learned that taking no risks is the greatest risk of all.”

~ Excerpted from In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson

What is God up to and how does He want me to participate?


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Real success

How do you define success?

I have a simple definition of success: Do the best you can with what you have where you are. In essence, success is making the most of every opportunity. Spiritual maturity is seeing and seizing God-ordained opportunities. Think of every opportunity as God’s gift to you. What you do with those opportunities is your gift to God. I’m absolutely convinced that our greatest regrets in life will be missed opportunities.
~ Excerpted from In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson

I had one of those moments a few days ago.

It involved a late evening trip to a local store that turned out to be pointless! And it was definitely NOT how I had intended to spend my evening. But it led to a phone call that was very, very timely!

It was definitely a God-opportunity!

Why is it so easy for us to think that life is all about us and forget that life is God’s story?

When we give ourselves to do life with Him – living each moment aware of His ongoing presence – we become available for all kinds of God-opportunities.

What might God have for us to participate in today?



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