The Mistake With Nothing

Life is bursting with opportunity.

Whether you want to admit it or not, your life is filled with opportunity. You can wake up and see life through a lens of boring monotony, or see life through a lens of opportunity.

It all depends on your perspective.

No matter what you do with your day, I can promise you one thing: you’re going to come in contact with people.

So really, your perspective on life boils down to your perspective on people.

What do people mean to you? What are their value? Are people the end goal?

The Bible tells us about God’s perspective on people. The creation account in Scripture tells us that God created mankind “in His image” and that when He saw what He created, He declared it as “very good” (Genesis 1:26, 31). Christians accept this as truth, but often act in a way that reflects a lack of understanding of this fundamental belief.

If we truly believe that people are created in the image of God, this means that each person is a image bearer of the Lord of the Universe: God created each person to reflect His character in some way or another.

Even though each person is created with image and purpose, some people lack direction and even hope, leaving their lives devoid of meaning. This means that each interaction we have with someone is an opportunity to remind him or her of their purpose. Your cashier at the grocery store? Opportunity. The quiet kid who sits next to you in class? Opportunity. That family member that is sometimes hard to love? Opportunity. You co-worker who seems to be having a bad day? Opportunity. The TV repair guy? Opportunity.

The truth is, there is no incorrect way to go about seizing these opportunities, which goes back to being created in the image of God. God created us each with unique personalities made to radiate His love to others in unique ways.

Most Christians understand this, but here’s the mistake we make: We do nothing.

How many days do we go through the motions, focused on ourselves, and do nothing to enhance the life of others? For me personally,  it’s more times that I would like to admit. It is easy to get caught up in the chaos of life and just try to Get. Stuff. Done.

And suddenly, we find ourselves stuck in a rut. In our attempt for productivity, we suddenly feel unproductive. What once had worth becomes worthless. And we ourselves feel empty and devoid of meaning. How do we stop this?

It’s simple, my friends. We must stop seeking worth in worldly things and start placing it in heavenly things instead. This means placing value on people.

When we start seeing people as opportunities instead of liabilities, we automatically enter situations by asking how much we can give rather than calculating the best way to protect ourselves.

True fulfillment will come when we stop seeing opportunities as things to accomplish and instead, see opportunities as the people who we encounter each and every day.

With this perspective, there will never be a day devoid of opportunity.