Missed Opportunities

Instead of berating myself for missing opportunities to witness, something I’ve done too often, I look for ways to redeem those moments.

Once, a man I worked with surprised me by showing interest in spiritual matters. Our conversation was at a critical point when a third person interjected with irrelevant chatter. This senseless chatter took control of our conversation and steered it in a different direction. I knew God had led this man to my desk that day and the intrusion frustrated me.

That night I asked the Lord to show me how to recapture that lost opportunity. I wanted my co-worker to know about Jesus. The thought came to me that I should give him a Bible.

A few days later, I purchased a modern language New Testament and gave it to him with a note, “After our talk the other day I thought you might enjoy this book. It has the answers to a lot of the questions you were asking.” 

Often, we can’t take time to speak to a co-worker about Christ. Or, people may surprise us by showing an interest in the gospel and we’re too busy, or flustered and unprepared.. Sometimes we simply get tongue-tied and can’t find the right words.

Whatever the cause for missed opportunities, ask God to show you how to recover these moments and make them count for Him. The answer may be as simple as praying for the person or, as in my case, giving a Bible.

About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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