OPEN DOOR post by Logan5
It was the closing moment of a church officers' retreat. The setting was a summer cottage, bare of all common religious symbols. The final thought was presented by one who used as a worship center the open door of the cottage. She suggested to us that it was the symbol of Christian opportunity. Through that door we would soon be departing to serve his name. One could feel his presence challenging us to "go into all the world."
Doors swing on hinges which are like excuses. They can either open the door or shut it. God prefers one good deed to a million good excuses. The priest and the Levite who ignored the sad plight of the man who fell among thieves were probably in a hurry to get to an important meeting. Their excuses may have been excellent, but they never had a chance to present them. Our Lord prefers actions to apologies.
Today do this: Be alert to need. Opportunities come often by chance; but readiness, never.
Pray: Forgive us, O God, that we have ignored great opportunities. Keep us alert today, that we may know and do thy will. In the name of Christ. Amen
Devotions for Women at Home by Martha Meister Kiely, page 106; Abingdon Press ISBN #0-687-10679-6
AWAKENING Sara Groves