Teachable Moment Opportunities

Posted: November 7, 2011 in "Around the Table" Discussion Topic/Marketplace Devo

November 6, 2011

Real:

“Teachable Moment Opportunities”

Colossians 4:5

If we are “real” and honest with ourselves, guilt often hits us more for the things we don’t do rather than the things that we do. You know the “I should’ve done this.” or “I should’ve done that.” Why is that? God is always providing teachable moment opportunities for us to share AND to receive. It is our job not to miss either.   A coach once addressed the kids in his PE class regarding how they should treat each other after hearing that one of the kids complained about another kid, one who was not quite as athletically talented, being placed on his team. Without calling out the young man who made the comment, the coach spoke to the entire group about treating others with respect and that we would ALL stand before God and be judged for every one of our words and thoughts. The following is an excerpt from an email the coach received by a parent of a child in the class who observed the “teachable moment opportunity”.

You did something I have never seen before. You really were able to get your point across to those kids. I could really see God moving in you. You are such a Godly man. You are great with the kids. I feel God has put you in all of their lives for a reason 🙂 I can honestly say you almost had me crying. The way you made them all sit and listen to you at the end of class. You telling them that God is watching and how he doesn’t like what some people do to others was one of the best talks I have ever seen to a group of kids. I get tears just thinking about it. Something else that you did was you didn’t just take boy who said it to the side and say, “You know you shouldn’t do that.” and then just leave at that. You did it in a way that was spiritual. I would like to Thank You from the bottom of my heart.”

Challenge: Galatians 6:10 tells us “…as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers.” And Colossians 4:5 challenges us to, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. “ We never know when God is going to throw an opportunity our way that, depending on how we respond, could change someone’s life forever.

Prayer: Lord, looking back there have been so many times in my life I feel like I missed opportunities that You placed in my path. Forgive me. Please give me Your eyes, ears, and heart so I will be open to your divine appointments and recognize the opportunity and Your hand in all situations. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

For more information about Servant Warrior Ministries, visit www.servantwarriorministries.org.   Also, make statement without saying a word. Visit www.dontdiestupid.net to find out how. 

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