When the ding-dong of the doorbell rings, my children come running from all corners of the house. No obstacles obscure their path. They climb over furniture, run down stairs, jump from their beds, and rush to the door. Even the dog joins in on the excitement.
ďIíll get it! Iíll get it!Ē they shout, with great joy, clambering to see who gets there first and who gets to swing the door open.
I used to do the same.
As a little girl, I was eager to see who was at the door, when the doorbell rang. I excitedly anticipated a surprise, waiting for me on the other side. Maybe a friend came to ask me to play, or a package from my grandparents was delivered to the doorstep, or maybe it was an opportunity to help someone in need.
Over the years, the ringing of the doorbell lost its thrill for me. More times than not, what I found on the other side was either disappointing or a nuisance, like a solicitor, or worse yet, a prankster.
I must admit, now as an adult, I no longer run to the door when I hear the doorbell ring.
When it comes to answering the door, Iíve lost my zeal.
In my apathy or discouragement, I think that there is probably nothing too exciting or valuable on the other side of the door, for me. I give up running, give up anticipating and give up embracing what may be there for me.
Sometimes, I do the same in life.
God brings opportunities every day.
He gives us opportunities to love Him and serve Him. He gives us opportunities to love and serve others, in His name.
He hand delivers them to the doorstep of our hearts, drawing our attention to them one way or another, offering us the chance to be involved in His work.
The problem is, sometimes, I donít see the opportunities He delivers. Obstacles get in the way. I get busy. I get tired. I spend more time listening to the loud noise of life, and I miss the ring.
Other times, I hear the ring, but I hesitate to answer. I approach the opportunity, but with my hand on the handle, I hesitate, and peak through the window that parallels my door. I analyze whether I am interested or not, in what is waiting for me. I pick and choose what I want to do. I open the door to some, and to others, I turn and walk away.
But God calls us to embrace the opportunities He brings to us. His desire is for us to serve Him, not with apathy or hesitation, but with passion, devotion and enthusiasm.
Romans 12:11 says, ďNever be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the LordĒ (NIV).
God brings opportunities our way, every day, and He asks us to throw open the door, welcome them and serve Him with zeal.
We can answer His call, running to see what He has for us, like children eager to answer the door, or we can ignore Him and walk away.
The choice is ours.
Dear Lord, help me to be more aware of Your presence and more aware of the opportunities You bring. Help me not to give up running, give up anticipating or give up embracing what You have for me. Help me to respond to Your call, and to love and serve You more eagerly, more willingly. Give me the strength to get up and go, and give me the courage to open the door to whatever opportunities You may bring my way, large or small. Amen.
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