Dear Reader Friends and New Subscribers, Thanks for joining us for my latest Author Reflection, “New Year, New Opportunity.” Have you ever missed an opportunity to do the right thing? With a New Year upon us, and an old one fading away, I’m distinctly aware of projects I didn’t finish and goals I didn’t achieve. What held me back? What held you back?
When I think of missed moments, I think of Joseph of Arimathea in John 19:38. This man was a secret disciple of Jesus, but Joseph didn’t publicly follow Him because he was afraid of the backlash of those who might disapprove.
I’ve wondered what Joseph missed out on because he was concerned about the opinions of others. After Christ was murdered, Joseph must’ve felt anguish for not being bolder sooner. As he held Jesus’ body, did he regret his fear of men? Perhaps he experienced the shame of a man who was a secret follower instead of a public disciple. He could’ve known Jesus personally—walked with Him, prayed with Him, wept with Him, defended Him! But no. Joseph of Arimathea only claimed Jesus after He’d been crucified. He missed his opportunity when Jesus was alive.
Too Late or Right on Time?
To not miss a moment, we have to be ready to respond when the time is ripe. I’ve learned what being too late looks like—a loved one passes away without knowing they’re loved; a parent not instructing a child before wrong moral choices; a husband acknowledging his wife too late; a Christian avoiding the neighbor who just needed some Christian hope . . .
But that’s what the New Year can be: a year of opportunity! We can take the opportunity now to step out in faith–to own Christ publicly, to worship God with renewed zeal, to guide a brother from sin to obedience, to introduce a sister in pain to joy, to surrender to God’s care for souls, to love people to the Truth.
No More Missed Opportunities
To move now, we need to trust now. With our eyes on Jesus Christ, we receive our motivation to respond to the needs of today. Through the closeness of prayer to our God, we can develop eyes to see more clearly where we can touch hurting lives this year, all year.
When we miss opportunities to touch lives, it’s because we’re missing opportunities to trust God. I don’t want to look back on another year and say, “If my heart would’ve been right, I would’ve acted more swiftly and with more care.” Trusting God tomorrow for guidance will be too late.
Let’s trust today, and be on time with every opportunity in the coming year! I hope this post was right on time for you. 🙂
See you on the next page!
NOTE: David wrote a New Year’s encouragement post last year as well. You can read, “Expose the Battlefield” here.
COMING UP: Join us next time for new short story, “Hundreds of Sons,” by D.I. Telbat. And the following week enjoy getting a peek at David in, “Watch for the Harmonica—Behind Distant Contact,” (Book One of The COIL Legacy).