There once was a man drowning in the ocean. A boat came by to save him, but he replied, “You don’t have to save me. The Lord will.” A second boat came by, and the man still had the same response: “You don’t have to save me. The Lord will.” The man continued to drown as a helicopter flew over his head, offering him help. “You don’t have to save me. The Lord will.”

Eventually, the man drowned and went up to heaven. When he saw God, he was furious. “Lord, how could you let me drown? I called Your name, and I believed that You would save me.”

The Lord shook His head and gave a simple response: “I sent you two boats and a helicopter. What more did you want me to do?”

What’s sad is that many of us live our lives in this way. We wait, and we wait, and we wait for opportunities that are right in front of our faces. STOP WAITING! Recognize opportunities when they come.

I think Thomas Edison conveyed it best when he said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” I challenge you to make every effort not to be “most people.” You have too much potential to be sitting on the sidelines waiting for your life to change. Seize the moment, and do whatever it takes to achieve your dreams.

Michael Jordan had the opportunity to try out for his high school basketball team in the 11th grade after he was cut in the 10th grade; however, he had to work hard in order to impress his future coach. A spot on the team wasn’t just going to be handed to him. Mark Zuckerberg saw an opportunity to connect people to their friends online; however, he had to spend months creating the algorithms that would serve as the basis for what would become Facebook.

2016 is your year to be great! But you have to be willing to go after the opportunities that will make your life the best it can be.

Think about how successful some of us would be if we jumped at opportunities as quickly as we jumped to conclusions. But that’s a whole different Wednesday Wisdom. *smiles*

Have a great rest of the week!

Your friend,