Opportunities! How often do we complain about not getting enough of them? If only we were given more opportunities, then we’d make it in life. But, the question is, when they are presented to us, how often do we spot them and make good use of them?
Many people are frustrated in life, because according to them, they have not been given enough opportunities to make it big in life. They are disadvantaged, or so they think. If they had a slightly better job, lived in a slightly better neighbourhood, had slightly more money, a slightly better husband, then they’d be very successful – so they think! I am sorry, but I disagree completely.
See, in my opinion I strongly believe that success doesn’t come from having better or more opportunities, but from spotting and making good use of the few given to you. Every experience we have in life is an opportunity to make something of ourselves and leave our mark on this world, but we are busy searching for the illusive Holy Grail and missing what we have around us.
Let me tell you a story that has stuck to my mind. This young man was living in a world in which having the birthright was all that mattered. It guaranteed success; it guaranteed the respect of your peers. It symbolized power. And, so this young man was hungry for it, maybe even desperate for it. But, something fundamental stood in his way. He was second in line; his brother had the right to the birthright. You would think he’d shrink to the corner and give up, because the only way he could have the birthright was if his brother died, right? Well, Jacob made it all happen for himself.
When people speak about Jacob, many say he was a deceiver, and for a huge part of his life he was, but whenever I think of Jacob, I think of this: his brother came home hungry from hunting the whole day, and asked him for some of the stew he’d been cooking. Now, stop and think! How many times have your family members asked you for something to eat? What’s your reaction to that? You probably gave gladly, isn’t it? But, Jacob had a different reaction! He decided to sell the lentil stew to Esau in exchange of his most coveted dream – the birthright.
You’ve got to admit, that was a stroke of brilliance! That was an opportunity well spotted and used. What sticks out the most to me isn’t the fact that Esau was so foolish enough, sorry can’t come up with a better word, to eagerly agree to the exchange. For his sake I hope it was the best tasting lentil stew he’d ever eaten, but that Jacob even thought of it in the first place. I have replayed this scene many times in my mind, and every time I am baffled that to Jacob a plate of lentil stew = the birthright! Wow!!!
Now, as in Jacob’s case, we have many lentil stew moments in life. What have you done with yours lately? Maybe for you, a plate of lentil stew just equals a plate of lentil stew. In other words, a lousy job just equals a lousy job or a broken marriage just equals a broken marriage. Or maybe for you a plate of lentil stew even equals an empty stomach. That is a lousy job equals resignation or a broken marriage equals divorce. Few are those to whom a plate of lentil stew is the opportunity to realize their most coveted dream. And, that’s the only difference between the successful and the failures!
Look around you, spot your plate of lentil stew, and make good use of it. Be more dedicated and productive at work, even if you are not satisfied with the position you hold, that’s the only way you will guarantee a promotion and therefore better credentials. Open up to your husband even though he’s hurt you numerous times. Through vulnerability, friendships are formed and trust is built.
Whatever your plate of lentil stew may be, don’t let it go to waste! Make full use of it. Otherwise, your dream might never come this cheap again!