Objects suggested: Fishing gear, an apple, or seeds.
Today let’s talk about the definition of a word. The word is opportunity. Do you know what that word means?
Let’s imagine your friend calls and asks if you would like go fishing. He says he heard the fish are biting, the sun is shining, and he has the bait. Your friend is giving you an opportunity to get together and go fishing.
Suppose you tell him, “No, I’m watching TV and I’d rather do that than go fishing.” You are making a choice. If you change your mind later, you may have missed an opportunity. Perhaps your friend decided to go fishing with someone else, or it may be too late in the day, or it may be raining, or your mother made other plans for you.
An opportunity is something you choose to do when the time, circumstances, and situation are just right.
Let’s think of other examples of opportunity:
Apples must be picked from the tree when they are ripe. If apples are left on the tree they fall to the ground and spoil. That is a missed opportunity.
We have an opportunity to go to school and learn new things every day.
We have an opportunity to smile and bring cheer to others or we can miss that opportunity and choose to frown.
Farmers have an opportunity to plant seeds at just the right time. If the seeds are planted too early the soil is cold and the seeds will not grow. If the seeds are planted too late in the season they won’t have enough time to grow.
Jesus teaches us that we have the opportunity to accept God’s love and when we do we will be like a fruit tree that grows and produces fruit. Our fruit is love and we have many opportunities to give our love to others. Don’t miss an opportunity to have lots of love in your life.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan