Make Every Opportunity a Defining Moment
- Thursday, March 25, 2010
The expression defining moment is often used in terms of athletics to describe a person or a team who, when faced with a crucial moment in a game or an event, triumphed. Moments like these are rarely forgotten, they are recorded into the minds, lore and DVDs to be relived over and over again.
We have seen reruns and reenactments of the United States Hockey Team's upset of the highly favored and experienced Russians in the 1980 Winter Olympics. We remember Brandi Chastain ripping off her jersey after scoring the game winning penalty kick in sudden death to win the 1999 Women's World Cup Finals over China. We relive Michael Phelps' incredible successful attempt to tie the record of seven gold medals at a single Olympics by 1/100th of a second in the 100-meter butterfly.
Moments like these are etched into our minds and, over time, become bigger than life. They often change a person's life and future, dramatically and forever. However, defining moments aren't just limited to athletes. They are obtainable by each of us, if we choose to accept them.
Some of you may be thinking, "I want to, but I've never had the opportunity", "I tried to once, but it didn't work out" or "No thanks, I'm fine where I'm at."
Defining means to be "decisive" or of "critical importance." When an opportunity like this arises, there is no question, discussion or group decision to determine the consensus "best" route to take. They are times when you just know in your gut, through much prayer and through the Spirit, the decision or path you need to take.
It is very possible the action would involve a dramatic and significant change in everything you know to be "rational." It may alter the way you live your life. It may mean doing something that makes no worldly sense whatsoever.
Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus (Matthew 14:29).
Peter walked on water! This is not something most of us have done or would consider doing. Granted, Jesus himself summoned Peter to do it, but there were eleven other disciples in the boat who did nothing but cower from the heavy waves. Every one of them had the opportunity to take that same step Peter did, but they missed their moment.
Looking back, there have been times where I have failed to make a decision because I was trying to think through each option too much, wanting to see down both roads, not wanting to make a mistake, even though I "knew" the direction I should take. Other times, I was afraid to act, worrying about "what others would think" or what "might" happen if I did.
Peter's moment was short lived because he reacted in the same way many of us would have.
When he saw the wind, he was afraid and began to sink (Matthew 14:30).
Peter saw his surroundings, thought about it too much and was scared to go on. His opportunity ended.
How many of us have had chances in our life to meet someone, go somewhere, do something and looked around, thought about it and were afraid to act or afraid to take that chance? How would our lives have been different "if" only….?
I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Our descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies (Genesis 22:17).
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