A young, unemployed musician had spent weeks walking the streets of New York looking for work. One afternoon he walked into a theater, sat in the front row watching the organist closely. Finally, the organist stood up and left the stage for a break. At that moment he jumped up, ran to the organ, sat down on the bench and started to play an inspiring blues song.
Immediately, the owner ran onto the stage and began to reprimand him for what he had done. But the crowd began cheering loudly and clapping wildly. As he listened to the response of the audience, he realized what had happened, turned to the musician and said, “Want a job?"
"Yes!" said Count Basie and the career of one of the world's most recognized musicians began at that moment.
God often presents a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for us to use the talents He has given us. It may be in the least expected place at the most unusual time. But opportunities come and go. And when they come, we must be ready and willing to accept them for they are God at work in our lives, calling us to work with Him to achieve His purpose in the world. He will always give us the talents to do what He has called us to do. But, we must be ready to “accept the challenge” when the moment of opportunity comes and honor His calling on our lives.
Prayer: Lord, open our eyes, ears, and hearts to recognize and accept the opportunities for serving You that You set before us. Help us to use our gifts to serve You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Psalm 90:17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!