Ever wonder how some people seem to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time? Don’t you just want a little of that? If you’re success minded and are looking for the right opportunities, let me show you how to be in the right place at the right time, every time.
What Most Success Gurus Teach You That’s Wrong
You may have attended seminars by people who teach you how to be a self-made success. They’ll teach you about preparing and positioning yourself for that golden moment that will open doors. But they won’t teach you what I’m about to unfold for you.
You may have a plan for your life, you may have a plan for your day, and you may follow your goal planning sheet religiously. But let me rock your self development world and show you how to position yourself for opportunity in a way that will give you an edge over everyone else.
Proverbs 16:9 says,
“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
I have found that I can plan my day, I can plan my year, and I can plan my life all I want, BUT…
At the end of the day…it’s the Lord that determined my steps.
Opportunities You Can’t Plan:
I know people who have been experiencing huge financial blows and just like that – they bump into someone who gives them a job. A check. A unexpected miracle. Even a new car.
I know someone this past week who was searching for a home to rent, and they met someone in the parking lot who just happened to have a rental home become available the same day.
The home has the right amount of bedrooms for their family, the home is in the right location, close to the school their kids already attend, and the home is in their price range.
Know what? You can’t plan for that!
That’s not luck. That’s not coincidence. That’s not even due to diligence.
It just happened…but not by chance…By God.
Being in the right place at the right time happens because God makes it happen.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says,
He has made everyting beautiful in its time…
But what about preparation?
- What about training?
- What about talent?
- What about discipline?
- What about education?
- What about all the things the success guru’s tell us we need to do to make sure our preparation meets opportunity?
Let’s see what the Bible says…
I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.
Notice what Solomon says:
“The fastest runner doesn’t always win.”
This means that the winner is not necessarily the fastest or brightest person. (That takes a little pressure off, huh?)
Solomon also said:
“the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle.”
This means the one who wins the battle is not necessarily the stronger person. (And all the weaklings say, YAY!)
And Solomon also said:
“The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy.”
This means wisdom and skill don’t automatically bring you financial success.
And here’s the best part of all:
“And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.”
He’s saying, those who are better, wiser, and stronger don’t always win the war, don’t always win the race, don’t always get the riches, and don’t always get the favor. Don’t always get the opportunities they’ve prepared for so diligently.
Oh snap!!! What about all of your hard work? Hang tight…
Solomon is mapping out a God-development plan for us not a self-development plan.
The ones who are in the right place at the right time are the ones whom God puts in the right place at the right time.
God is the only one who can put you where you need to be at the right moment.
You can try through self-effort to better position yourself for success. You can try working harder. You can try studying more. You can try networking more.
Yes, you might end up being slightly faster, slightly stronger, and more connected with movers and shakers, but only God can put you in the right place at the right time and give you good success.
Yes, plan. Yes, prepare. Yes, be ready.
But know that it’s really up to God.
When He says it’s time, it’s time.
- I spent years – decades actually – preparing and training for the things God uses me to do today.
- I went through four years of Bible College to get my bachelors degree in pastoral theology.
- I put myself through grad school while working full time as a pastor, with 2 school aged children at home to get my masters degree.
- And even continued by pursuing my post graduate work and received my ph.d in clinical psychology.
- Then I became a certified life coach and also a certified temperament analyst.
- And I have 25 plus years in leadership and ministry training.
- I’m also a voracious reader of books and personal development materials.
See, I’m not discounting preparation. I’m still preparing because I’m committed to life long learning. It’s important. But know this…
Just because you’re prepared, doesn’t mean the time is right.
No amount of self effort on your part is going to open the door for you. You have to rely on God to position you and give you the opportunities you need.
And guess what? He will. Because God is interested in your success more than you are. He’s got a plan and you fit into it. He’s making all of heaven come together and your days are lining up perfectly.
Right now, at this moment, he’s orchestrating your steps behind the scenes. You have no idea the things he’s up to right now positioning you for your destined moments.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
So what do you do on your end?
You trust. He’ll move. Let his plan give you hope. That’s how you can be in the right place at the right time – every time!
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