Opportunities

September 18, 2019

“If we were but more attentive, we would soon discover that the normal conditions of everyday life offer many opportunities for us to recognize our weaknesses, and to acknowledge our dependence upon God. As we advance in years, for example, and begin to experience the physical weakness that inevitably result, we suddenly confront how fragile our mortal body truly is, in spite of our culture with its fixation on youthfulness and longevity. But we must acknowledge that it is most often times of crises such as these which most clearly expose our weaknesses, and inspire the kind of fervent prayer answered literally by miracles.” (Fr. Andrew Demotses)

 

“We are all continually faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems…There are remarkable opportunities for God to exert himself. He works best when people’s lives are messy and out of whack.” (John Gardner, David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons)

 

“By keeping our souls and bodies pure, by not even accepting corrupted thoughts, we maintain the ability to hear and communicate with God and thus learn how to live in conformity to His will. If we have long ago lost our mental, spiritual, and/ or physical purity, we have the opportunity to restore them through confession and repentance.” (Constantina R. Palmer)

 

“…when Jesus asked the three Disciples to watch while He went yonder to pray, that the “intention” of the Disciples was to do exactly that, to watch. I don’t think Jesus left their company and immediately they started saying “He’ll be gone awhile, why not catch a few zzz’s?” I’m positive that they started out with the best of intentions in their spirits, but their bodies just didn’t keep up, and they fell asleep. The spiritual opportunity lost out to a material concern.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)

 

“God's grace does not cancel out free will. “And by this testimony we can clearly see what we ought to ascribe to free will, and what to the design and daily assistance of the Lord, that it belongs to divine grace to give us opportunities of salvation and prosperous undertakings and victory; but that it is ours to follow up the blessings God gives us with either earnestness or indifference.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Deuteronomy 7:1-3, St. John Cassian)

 

"There are many spiritual opportunities. These opportunities are not hidden. We know what they are. We know what the right thing is to do, yet many times material concerns override our desire to do the right thing. How many times have people opted to sleep late rather than go to church? How many times have we forgotten to pray? Or we’ve said that we’ll pray, but we put it off, and before we know it the day has gone by and no prayer has been said?...Every day has 24 hours filled with opportunities to grow, serve, and be productive. Yet it is so easy to waste time, letting life slip from our grasp.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, Life Application Study Bible, Proverbs 10:4-5)

 

"Whenever we encounter a temptation or a sinful passion, it is a call to prayer, and an opportunity to transform our energies and channel them into positive and life-giving alternatives." (Archimandrite Sergius)

 

“God brings into our lives people who aggravate us, irritate us, and inflame our passions, giving us opportunities for suffering love. We do not need go to far places in order to seek out suffering, for He allows it to come to us in our daily circumstances: our residence, financial agreements, social and professional relationships, and parish life.” (OCPM 3/19/2017)

 

“We shouldn’t view our struggles or problems as a bad thing just because they don’t feel good at the time. A wise elderly woman once told me all problems are an opportunity for growth. The obstacles we think are derailing can sometimes be the catalyst for our growth or movement in a direction we need to be going.” (Sacramental Living Podcast)

 

"Today I need not be discouraged or dragged down by any of yesterday’s failings; for example, if I missed an opportunity to be helpful or just friendly to someone at the office, or if I wasted time or money, or blabbered thoughtlessly in conversations with friends, rather than listening to what they had to say. I can turn all these mistakes into assets, by taking note of them and handing them over to God’s mercy, humbly asking Him for His wisdom and grace, to do a bit better today." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

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