OPPORTUNITIES! Too many people today are looking for life to be “handed to them on a silver platter” as the old saying goes. Maybe nothing could be worse for a person than to experience that kind of life. When a person doesn’t have to work to earn their way in this world I think they miss a lot of the lessons of life that God would desire for us to learn in a “common” community. Even children of middle-class people in America today are often so pampered and spoiled that they have never learned the value of work nor to sacrifice to achieve what is really of true value in life. Relationships and “careers” are destroyed because they demand too much effort to maintain or improve. After all isn’t life supposed to be easy and am I not the most important person in the world? I don’t think poverty is to be commended nor do I believe wealth is to be condemned because both are relative terms when you evaluate world situations as a whole. The writer in the book of Proverbs said, “Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God,” (Proverbs 30:7-9 NIV).
I do believe that when “life is handed to someone on a silver platter” that most of those people do not handle the resources, privileges, or opportunities that God has given them in the type of stewardship that God would desire of them. I believe this is true of both non-Christians and Christians and I think very often the average Christian does a better job of handling stewardship for God both in money and opportunities than those who have been “handed life on a silver platter.” As I have worked among the poor in America and the Caribbean countries I have met both the poor and those born with “life handed to them on a silver platter.” I have been disappointed in both at times. Those who received much from God and could make a real difference in the world of misery around them have done very little to change things. Those who were born into poverty have often squandered the opportunities that were given them to help themselves and to help others. On the other hand I have been blessed to see some who had the resources to make a big difference in the world of misery around them come forth like knights in shining armor and change things for the better. I have also seen poor people who were given an opportunity to make a difference for themselves and the others around them rush into the most tragic situations and bring forth assistance, comfort and joy to those souls who looked so much like them. I believe God presents all of us with opportunities to make a difference for good in the lives of people today and for eternity whether we were “given life on a silver platter or with a silver spoon in our mouth” or whether we were born into poverty or even into the middle class.” What will you do with your opportunities?