As I reflect back and see many opportunities in my life and others’ lives, I think about how God brings people and opportunity together.  Unfortunately, many miss these moments because they focus on the wrong things rather than the right things.

I knew a CEO of a mid-sized company that hit a wall for several years.  He began to realize, after much convincing, that things fundamentally needed to change in the company.  In a divine visitation, God began to bring certain levels of expertise across his path, and although those people weren’t perfect, the landscape of the business unfolded, and it was apparent that God was revealing the solution for the change the company had needed for so long.

Initially, passion was so high that it attracted others that were equally as passionate.  However, it didn’t take long for that passion to wane after repeatedly hitting resistance against an established culture that had already contributed to a decline in morale and growth over the years.

After much effort, pressing in, and trying to implement these new changes, it was clear that, even after God’s intervention, the new culture was not going to be received.  Quite the contrary happened, and these change-bringers actually became a part of the problem, and in some eyes, the main problem.  Eventually, other opportunities came along, and the people with their expertise left the company for more receptive situations.

Today, that company still exists.  In the eyes of most, it is a successful, mid-sized company.  Unfortunately, it has never realized its potential and probably never will as many talented, gifted leaders and managers have come through the door to offer great opportunities only to be rejected by the culture.

The parallel is like Jesus coming to His own, and His own receiving him not.  Let me encourage you today - do not miss the day of your divine visitation.  You might be rejecting the very life-changing, elevating solution you prayed for.

 

- Kevin West

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