Opportunity only knocks if you do the knocking..
I have dreamed many a dreams about what I would do if I won the lottery. Of course, to win the lottery, you have to play the lottery, which I never do, so maybe that’s not a good example. But, I have still dreamt of what I would do. I would pay all my debt, pay off my families debt, pay off my church’s debt. I would do a lot of good things with the money. I would set some aside for my kids and their families. I would work for free. All kinds of good things.
I know I’m not the only one. Many of us dream of never having to work again. Wouldn’t that be awesome?!
But the reality is, we were built to work. God actually designed us to work. Just take a look at your body and it’s make up. If God didn’t want you to do things with your hands, why do they take up so much of your body? If God didn’t want you to walk and use your legs for working, why do they take up so much space?
It’s at the very beginning of human history:
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
This was before “the fall,” where everything went wrong. In God’s paradise, he created us to care for and rule over things. He didn’t create us to lounge around and position ourselves just right so the fruit falls straight from the vine into our mouths. No. He said: “Rule over…” “Subdue…”. Then he said he gave us every seed-bearing plant for food. God gave it, but we have to take care of it. Which requires work.
Thomas Edison is credited for saying: “Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” I do think there are opportunities out there for everyone. But, if you’re waiting for opportunity to come knocking on your door, you’re going to be waiting for a long time. That’s like hoping to win the lottery. Actually, if you play the lottery, your chances of winning are better than are your chances of getting a job by waiting for it to come to you.
This is what I think: Opportunity only knocks if you do the knocking. What doors have you knocked on lately? What opportunities have you been pursuing? Are you missing out on opportunities because they require too much work?God may lead you to the door, but you still have to knock on it.
Well, from someone who used to be exceptionally lazy (and that is an understatement), let me tell you: life is much more enjoyable when you work for it.
As a church, (and food pantry) we are here to help you when things just don’t add up. But, we, in no way, want you to become dependent on us. There may be some who will always need our help, and we are happy and blessed to be able to serve. But, many who need our help, should only need our help temporarily. Did you know that most food pantries fall into the category of Emergency Food Assistance? (Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure on the numbers.) Unfortunately, many have become dependent on something that was meant to help in a crisis.
But, we want to help you. Not just with food, we actually want to help you in every aspect of your life. Our hope is that, by providing food, we might be able to come alongside you in other ways that will actually have better long-term benefits.
One of those ways is by partnering with Brad from Hunger For Success. (https://www.facebook.com/helpH4S/) Brad comes on the last week of every month, and he is here to help you find work that you will love. And our hope is not only that you will connect with him so he can help you, but that when you get back on your own two feet, you will help us help more in the same way.
So, when you come to the pantry today, put on your overalls, get your hands dirty, talk to brad and start doing some knocking. (Just don’t knock on the people in line!)