Are we helping… or Hurting? Helping Humanity is no different than any other form of “opportunity.” Opportunities do not mean that financial gain, or a material return, is the driving force. In fact, for me, the Humanitarian opportunities are those that I run toward, as opposed to running from. When we leave this “promised land,” we take no material gains with us when we leave, but we do take, ONLY, what has been gifted to us, by God, at the time He created us. Those gifts are in the form of our Soul, Love, Faith, and, yes, even free will.
That which we accomplish while on earth, and the stewardship of those God-Given gifts, are the deeds that prepare us for the trip Home. The thought of “catching and experiencing these “opportunities” without any expectation…is as foreign to me as flying to the moon. When I seize an opportunity, I have every expectation of completing my goals regarding it; to do, or expect less, would guarantee failure of achieving the goal, or a positive outcome of the opportunity.
Just the simple process of being “on LinkedIn,” and utilizing “it” as a platform to “do good, and avoid evil,” is, to me, yet another example of God providing us (all of us) with opportunities to help our fellow man. I am making “every attempt,” and seizing “every opportunity,” to use “those God-given-Gifts (talents),” in a manner in which He has pre-ordained for me. His plan is my Plan.
So, my friends… think about what “gifts” God has bestowed on you. Are you using them to further His Plan for you? We can determine “God’s Plan,” by cultivating a relationship with Him, by spending time in “reading His Word; taking time-out for “meaningful prayer,” and seizing every opportunity you can to be involved in church and with people of “like-mind.” We are told in Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
God will not “just reveal all” to you; you must be committed to doing whatever it is that He desires of you. God will likely be slow to reveal “all of His plan” if He knows you will not likely SURRENDER. Romans 12:1-2 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
And also, seeking “good counsel” (such as found here) will make the “journey” less burdensome….Proverbs 11:14 – Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
We must be alert as to how God has created, each of us, to fulfill a SPECIFIC ROLE in this world. He designed each of us, specifically, for a “certain-specific-purpose.” What is your Purpose? The Apostle Peter tells us in ….1 Peter 4:10 – “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” His plan for you will always be directly related to the gifts that He has bestowed upon you.
I CAUTION that no-one should “think for a moment” that this is all “just-religious-STUFF;” and, as such, does not apply to our role as “business or community LEADERS.” This applies to “all forms of opportunity and responsibility.” We have opportunities facing us in business, family, social, and spiritual…. For sure. These opportunities take the same discernment, and commitment, as outlined above. There are “no-free-lunches.” …Blessings…cjlb…7/21/15.