Posts Tagged ‘making the most of every opportunity’


“The world in which we live equally distributes talent…” It’s a direct quote from a Southern New Hampshire University commercial and I couldn’t disagree more if I tried. First of all the world doesn’t distribute talent, talent comes from a much higher authority, from God Himself. Secondly, it is not equally distributed—not even close. Oh I believe everyone gets at least one, but some get many and that’s okay as well. The speaker then speaks about the uneven distribution of opportunity. Unfortunately that’s true too, but here’s what I know. None of that frees us from the obligation to do whatever we have with whatever we’ve been given. If you have one talent, put it to good use, if you have a hundred, put as many of them to use as you can. God expects it, that’s why He gave them to you. If you have a million opportunities you’re responsible to use them all and if you only have one, you have a choice, you can lament that you only have that one or you can make the most of it. I’m not belittling a lack of opportunity or injustice, just laying out the choice.

I used to think I made my own breaks. I’ve since given up on that line of thinking. I use to wonder why I got some opportunities, and got overlooked for others, all it did was make me doubtful, discourages and bitter. Creatives can’t afford any of that. Instead we need to seek out the opportunities, pray and do the work. We need to be bold, creative and trusting. Ephesians 5 reminds us: “15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” We need to live God honoring lives and making the most of every opportunity in these evil says, and these days are evil. The gifts, talents and opportunities we have been given are given to us to make the world a better place and point it to its only hope.

Paul gives us some further information on how to live this out. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

At the end of the day, this is what it call comes down to. Talents are out of our control, to some degree so are the opportunities, but what we do with them well my friend that is in our hands. Live wise, seek God’s will, stay pure and sober, worship the One who gives it ALL, and live in grateful inspiration and anticipation. Use all you have to God’s glory, He’ll take care of the rest. He might even use you to make these days a little less evil.

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Dave Weiss Pop Art FocusWell if the Lord wills by the time you read this I will be into my first day at the Creative Church Conference. You might be wondering why I am not posting live from the event. Well the truth is, I left my laptop in home. No, it wasn’t a hazard of speedy packing, it was intentional. You see, my goal at this conference is to share everything I can, help anyone I can and to learn everything I can learn and connect with an even greater connection to my God. The laptop will be a distraction.

This may seem an odd choice for one of the panelists in the building online community workshop, but again it is intentional. The truth is pretty simple. Being online is extremely tempting and it can be hard to stay on task. It’s far too tempting to follow the latest controversy on Facebook or mess with my Twitter feed or start chatting or working on a project or any one of a number of things that will not keep me in the moment. This week, I need to be in the moment.

I love and value you all very highly and I have no doubt that when I return I will be even more fired up and much better equipped to serve the people God has given me. That is worth my intentionality.

If you’re interested in following my journey at the conference “live,” I hope to post some photos from my phone via Instagram on Facebook. If we’re not already friends on Facebook, we should be, so friend me.