"5 minutes of awkward can save you a lifetime of regret" -Myranda Harper
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work" - Thomas A. Edison
"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people." -Galatians 6:10
Me being me with the humor that I have been blessed yet cursed with, I tend to make up stupid words for the purpose of puns. When I was in high school, there was a new girl sitting by herself at lunch and I felt the Holy Spirit driving me over to her to invite her to the table with my friends and me. I didn't know her or the type of person she was at the time, so I knew it was going to be a super awkward opportunity to meet a new friend. Then I came up with the word "awkwardtunity". In life we have so many awkwardtunities and sometimes they're really easy to overlook and miss out on. It's also very easy to pass it up because no one likes to feel awkward. I've learned to pray for eyes to see them and a heart to act upon them. God will show you the things you can help with if you ask for the Holy Spirit to guide you.
There's other awkwardtunities in life too that can save you a lifetime of regret. I'll point out some of the random ones that came to my mind first. It might be awkward to stop a person from driving drunk or even passing up a ride home from someone who has been drinking, but you might save their life or yours. If someone wants to tell you what someone else negatively said about you, it might be awkward to say "ya know what, I don't really want to know because ultimately it doesn't matter". That can save you a lifetime of self consciousness because maybe a certain word or the whole opinion they said about you will stay with you forever and you'll always question it or tell yourself that it's true. It might be awkward to pull over when you see a car on the side of the road and offer to help them in any way you can. It also might be awkward and difficult to tell your friend or family member that you don't think the person they are with is really the best person to be with. And I know it's awkward to sit with someone who's alone at a restaurant or with a homeless person and start up a conversation and offer to pay for their meal. All of these plus way more can be pretty awkward, but if you actually take the chance, it can save you a life time of regret and help someone else in the process.
I still think about the time I took a chance at an awkwardtunity to invite that girl to eat lunch with my table and how I know I would've regretted it to this day if I hadn't at least offered. It was super awkward because she denied my offer twice, so I turned around and got my lunch and went back to sit with her. A lot of reasons why I shouldn't go talk and invite her over flooded my mind, but I had to switch my thinking and tell myself that the worst that could happen was a waste of one lunch period. Even in her position, I'm sure she felt awkward and scared to come sit at the table with a bunch of strangers she didn't know and she almost missed out on that opportunity for new friends or at least just some familiar places at a new school.
The big reason why I think it's so hard to see the opportunities is because we aren't looking. A lot of us are on our phones or we're "too busy" doing, thinking or stressing about something else in our own lives. It's sometimes difficult to act on an awkwardtunity because obviously it's awkward and because it's typically out of our comfort zone. It is scary to talk to strangers or tell our friends and family how we feel if we think it might upset them, but in the end, you can either regret not taking your chance and wonder what could've came out of it or you can take the awkwardtunity and see where it takes you, what all it gets you and how your life changes by changing someones else's even in the smallest of ways. At first I thought it was awkward and scary to make these devotions and blog posts public, but I believe that if I do my part to put it out there then God will take care of the rest and put it into someone's life who needs to read it and to me, that is worth it. Eventually you get used to being outside of your comfort zone in that way and it's not as scary or awkward.
My challenge for you today:
Look for the awkwartunities to help in any situation or way that you can. Use your talents, previous life experiences and smile as tools to help.
Dear God, please give me the eyes to see any awkwartunity that passes by me, the creativity to come up with ideas to help in any way that I can and the heart to give me the courage to do it. Thank you for all of the guidance you give me and the chance to serve you and brighten someone's day and life. Amen.
Mharps love message of the day
Spread a little love today, kid.