Opportunity Beckons

“Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers—for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13: 1-2 

How would your life be different if you viewed each moment as an opportunity to learn, to grow and to do good for others? Not to use each moment as an opportunity for material prosperity or to get an edge over others, but to make a loving contribution to your little world.

Think about your day-to-day existence. What is your mindset as you start your typical day? Now, imagine how your day would go, if you were to start it with the mindset that every thing that happens to you, every choice you make, every person you meet presents an opportunity as stated above.

How different is this from the way you usually begin your day? How do you think your day would go, based on starting out with that new mindset?

Many years ago, a man came for help because he felt depressed; however, he said that he was now doing much better, and he wanted to tell me his story. Due to a series of losses, failures and hurts, he had concluded that he could not go on. He told me that several days before our meeting he decided to take his life. He went down to a riverside near a bridge, carrying a gun, and fully intending to end it all. But then something happened. A stranger came along. Stopping a few feet away, he struck up a friendly conversation with my client. As the man talked to him, my client began to feel calm. The confusion in his mind disappeared. He felt cared-for. The stranger talked to him in a way unlike anything he’d ever heard.  My client began to shed tears, as he realized he had a great deal to live for. He thanked the stranger for his encouragement, and the man just smiled. My client turned away for a moment to dry his eyes. When he turned back to look at his new friend, the man was gone.

Then my client asked who I thought that man was. Could he actually have been an angel? Interesting. Angel or not, the stranger must have seen this man’s condition as an opportunity to do some good.

You may know the saying that goes something like, “Always be kind, because everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

Now, what about you? Would you feel happier and more fulfilled, if you were always looking for an opportunity to learn, to grow or to do some good? If that’s true, and if you’d benefit from making a change to your thinking and/or behavior, you have lots of options. The information is out there, and all that’s necessary is to find it. However, if you’d like to work through this with a professional, please feel free to call. The phone number is (219) 309-3928. It would be an honor to be of service.

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