Seizing the Moment
By Kris Robinson
In the movie The Miracle, Herb Brooks, played by Kurt Russell, says this to the U.S. Hockey team prior to playing the Russians in the 1980 Winter Olympics, “Great moments… are born from great opportunity.” Now, Coach Brooks is referring to a hockey game and the opportunity to beat one of the best teams the hockey world has ever seen. But does this quote apply to our lives?
We get up day to day, doing the same routine, taking the same route to work, going to the same places, doing the same activities, talking to the same people; doesn’t feel like great opportunity does it?
So, what would happen if we woke up with the mindset that something great could happen? What if we shifted our thinking every morning to realizing that we do have great opportunity?
In his devotional-like book, John Maxwell says that by changing our thinking, we change our beliefs, then our attitudes, then expectations, then our actions. Ultimately, there are two options every morning for you to make, to continue doing what you’ve always done; as Dr. Phil would say, “how’s that working for you?”
Or you could, as the Apostle Paul would say, have the mind of Christ (Phil. 2:1), allowing His will to be done in your day to day, asking His Presence to go before you preparing the opportunities for you to seize?
Recently, multi-billionaire, Kevin Harrington released a video training series he devised over the years of his success and because he wanted to share the influence of Zig Ziglar on his life. While listening, Mr. Harrington quoted Zig Ziglar, saying that;
“everything is selling—everything. Nothing ever gets done anywhere until somebody sells something.”
As I thought about that, I tried applying that to Christianity and my own Christian life. Do I try to ‘sell’ people on Christ? Then, Mr. Harrington went on to say,
“Selling is about giving value and helping people live more fulfilling lives.”
Wow, that made sense to me. While ‘selling’ wouldn’t be the term that I’d use, in a way people might look at it that way. I believe that Christ is the only way to live life and that He is the only way a person will truly find value and a fulfilling life.
Additionally, people watch us, they listen to our words, they see how we treat others, because they want to see if we are living our life according to what we say we believe. Don’t believe me, try treating a non-believer radically different than most others do, especially when they don’t deserve it, and they’ll notice that something is different about you.
Zig Ziglar says that we need to get rid of our ‘Stinkin’ Thinkin’ in that we need to believe, or expect, that we are going to sell whenever the opportunity presents itself. I say that if you combine this thinking along with thinking that you are already provided great opportunity to evangelize where you are at, then a great moment not only for you, but the other person is on the horizon.
Will we fail, probably, but we cannot focus on that; because if we do, we’ll set ourselves up for failure before we even start. Michael Hyatt says that if, “we aren’t failing, we aren’t trying enough!” John Maxwell also says, that if “one people engaging technique doesn’t work, try another until you figure out what works.”
You see the problem isn’t that we don’t have great opportunity, the problem is that we don’t have enough people to go after the great moments! (Matt. 9:36-38)
We’ve all got a story to tell; what about going to the FLCC Facebook page and telling it?
Kris Robinson is an Assistant Pastor at Free Life Community Church helping teenagers & Millennials connect & transform their spiritual journey through Christ Jesus.