Opportunity 

Galatians 6:10 NKJV Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do…

Ephesians 5:16 NKJV 

redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

An opportunity is “an amount of time or a situation in which something can be done”(Merriam-Webster). Therefore we all have equal amounts of opportunity to succeed insofar as we all have the same amount of time each day. Instead of waiting around for opportunity, opportunities can be created by good use of time. “Success Is controlling how you spend your time”- Peter Cohan.

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Pressing on 

Philippians 3:13 NKJV Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 
 The only time it’s okay to focus on the past is to see how far God has brought us. You can’t expect to move forward while continuously looking backward. “Shut out all of your past except that which helps you weather your tomorrows”(William Osler). 

Perfect Will

Matthew 26:42 NKJVAgain, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”

Romans 12:2 NKJV

…that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 NKJV

He has made everything beautiful in its time. 

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be” (C. S. Lewis). It’s a difficult but necessary thing to accept the perfect plan God has for our lives. However, in the end He makes all things beautiful in His time.

The Mental Picture

Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV 

Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets…

The human mind is an incredible thing. However, it has its limitations. “Writing something down once or more helps you memorize it. Next time you’re in need of whatever it is you wrote down, you’ll get a mental picture of what you wrote down, and your mind connects the missing pieces. It really works” (Life Hack).

Belief

Romans 1:21 NKJV because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

John 4:24 NKJV 

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

It’s not enough to just believe God exists. He is seeking those who not only think He exists but those who also *live* according to the knowledge. “He does not believe who does not live according to his belief” ~Thomas Fuller.

Faith over fear

Job 3:25 NKJV For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.

Jeremiah 42:16 NKJV : then it shall be that the sword which you feared shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt; the famine of which you were afraid shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there you shall die”.

Come to think of it, both fear and faith are the evidence of things that have not yet happened, except it is the end that justifies the means. Thus, in the same way that good things can happen when we have faith, bad things can also happen the way we fear they would. It is therefore more prudent to channel one’s energy into faith over fear.

Healthy Boundaries

Genesis 13:14-15 NKJV And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.
Sometimes, relationships begin to lean towards toxicity when we hold on too tight to our loved ones that we don’t know where we end and the other person begins. Relationships are supposed to help you grow not limit you. Setting healthy boundaries in relationships is imperative to its success. “Love is like a butterfly. Hold it too tightly, you crush it”.