Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | September 14, 2020

Seizing Opportunities

“Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.”  Proverbs 22:9 (ESV)

Regardless of where you live, work or go to church there is an abundance of people in need.  Unexpected circumstances, illnesses and economic slumps can land anyone on the verge of financial collapse regardless of their well laid plans.  Depression, grief and anxiety can leave us empty and desperately in need of emotional help. Experiencing doubt, capitalizing on insecurities and being resistant to God’s truths will birth great spiritual deficit.  Yes,  we’ve probably all landed in the space of being unable to get through without a little help from our friends.

Love this reminder from the wisdom of Proverbs to cultivate a “bountiful eye.”  A perspective filled with liberal generosity.  A view which sees a need and desires to give, help and bless others.  An attitude focused not inward but outward.  One whose motives are pure and without need of a return favor or applause.  A “bountiful eye” is truly beautiful in the eyes of our God because it reflects His heart in serving and reaching out to those in need.

Just keeping it real here, but there are many times when my default is not a “bountiful eye.”  My busyness and zeroed focus on my agenda for the day has robbed me of being a blessing more than I’d like to count.  It takes intentionality to put others first, to watch for opportunities to bless others and to be willing to meet that need even if it disrupts our day.  However, I can guarantee we will never regret those moments when we seized the opportunity to allow generosity to reign above the rest.

So sweet friends let’s not waste any time to help those God brings into our path. Generosity doesn’t have to be costly to be impactful.  Our financial portfolio shouldn’t dictate our desire to reach out and help someone.  “Bountiful” encompasses so much more.  A note of encouragement, phone call or lunch with someone can be a pivotal turning point when life is overwhelming.   Offering to buy coffee for the person at the drive thru behind you could just simply put a smile on a discouraged face. Mentoring others and investing in their spiritual growth is another tangible way we can make an eternal impact. Inviting someone to attend Bible study can give them a renewed hope in God’s word and promises. Dropping by a meal or offering to babysit can lift the spirits of a weary mom.   The list is endless….be creative.  If we simply take the time to pray, look and listen, God will divinely orchestrate circumstances where we can share our bread with others.

“Father, You have blessed me with many resources.  Guide me in seizing  opportunities to share your love to those in need.

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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