While the Nebraska one did have a post office for several decades in the first part of the twentieth century, none of these are actual cities today. Still, they are all authentic communities; which means that, down through the years, they have also been destinations, as well as places for starting over.
I myself have never actually visited any of these places. Perhaps I will one day. But I know enough to know that I do not have to go to some spot marked on a map to find opportunity. Opportunity can be found at most any time in most any place. All one need do is to look for it!
And this brings me to the point of this short post. Today is Saturday, December 31st, 2022. Tomorrow will be Sunday, January 1st, 2023. The former represents the passing of an old year. The latter represents the dawning of a new one. As such, they are diametrically opposed to each other. And yet, they have one overarching thing in common. For each, in its own way, provides the prospect to encounter and experience some sort of new opportunity.
In this regard, they are not unique. Many a day in 2022 led me to some form of opportunity. I expect 2023 will be little different. The only real question is whether or not I will take advantage of whatever opportunities that do come my way. This is because before opportunities can ever be experienced, they must first be embraced.
I shudder to think how many opportunities I may have been presented with in times past, only to have missed out on them because I failed to embrace them. The more I have pondered this, the more I have become determined not to repeat this tragic mistake in the future.
In his New Testament Letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul gave this admonishment to all who would heed it: “As we therefore have opportunity, let us do good…” Simply put, I take this to mean that whenever I bypass or otherwise miss out on a Heaven sent opportunity, I fail to do what is good in God’s eyes.
My prayer is that, in the coming year (and every year thereafter with which I am blessed), I may not be as negligent in this regard as I have been in previous ones. For the land of opportunity is not limited to any nation or even to any place on a map. The land of opportunity is wherever I tread; and whenever I tread there.
As such, 2023 and every year thereafter will surely be the land of opportunity for me, even as 2022 and all the years prior have been. In light of this, may I faithfully and passionately seize any and every such gift sent down from Heaven to me in this uncharted time and place!