Wednesday, February 5, 2014
“John Brown” is an avid reader. His main interest is really religious, especially issues surrounding our postmodern culture. He sees himself as a self-taught apologist, somewhat skilled at defending biblical truth.
Others around him have no such passion. Their only interests are repeating what the bible says.
But John moves around a variety of people and there are questions he has heard people ask because they genuinely want answers, and nobody seem to care enough or know enough to bother giving answers.
He went to a church event and during the discussion a Sunday school teacher mentioned that she had a number of students who said that they were taught that evolution explains creation and that God didn’t create the world. It all started like a “Big Bang” and evolved over the years. She did not know enough about evolution so she was unable to give a satisfactory answer to those students.
One of her students tried to share Christ with a friend and the friend told him that the bible was written by man and filled with mistakes, and that it was not reliable.
Another of her students had a friend tell her that she did not believe in God. The Sunday School teacher later learned from investigation that those situations were more rampant than she realized.
John Brown was in the right place at the right time and he was properly prepared. All of those objections could easily be explained. They are not new.
The problem is that the Sunday school teacher did not have the expertise to provide the answer. Here was an opportunity for John to do a whole lot of good because he was prepared. As a matter of fact he did such a good job that a number of churches requested his services to conduct special training sessions for their high school and college students.
That is how John started out being a church consultant and conference speaker. Today he has more speaking engagements than he can handle. An opportunity came to solve a problem; and he was prepared.
“Do you want to know what luck is?” I was asked more than 30 years ago. “Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity. The more prepared you are the greater the chances that you will be able to take advantage of opportunity.”
Many opportunities are available, but if you lack the preparation necessary to take advantage of the opportunity, then you will have no luck. The bottom line is, you make your own luck by your degree of preparation as the gentleman went on to tell me. Preparation does not guarantee success, but there is no success without preparation.
Success is not something magical or mystical; neither is luck. It is preparation meeting opportunity and they help each other.
Do you want to be lucky? Prepare yourself for the opportunities you seek.
The Rev. Dr. Valentine Williams is a pastor, inspirational speaker, seminar/workshop leader, and a former adjunct instructor at Trident Technical College. He conducts professional and personal development training and staff development workshops. You can reach him with your questions, comments or for personal engagements at: firstname.lastname@example.org.