I get calls daily from all over the world inviting me to another opportunity.  I understand this is just a simple invitation to ask me to listen to their sales pitch.  I typically will listen with patience and an open mind. However, when they are finished explaining that this is an opportunity that won’t last long and something I should seriously consider I let them know politely.

I am given every opportunity in the world each morning that I wake up, with the God given breath when I pick myself out of bed.  I do not need someone to present me with another one. 


Let me offer this instead.  When looking for your next prospect simply remind yourself that many individuals are like me.  They do not need any more opportunities as well.  After much thought I stumbled onto a simple idea.

 I am not much on quoting scripture shamefully, my memory is not that good, although I do read the bible often enough to know this.

There is not a single place in the bible that says anything about opportunity.  Jesus never once said “I have an opportunity for you”.  What he did offer to every single one of us was “HELP Through Sacrifice” and He often spoke about helping others.
Through helping others and sharing your knowledge of good, you then may be rewarded as well.

Luke 6:38
"Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

James 2:14-17
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

What we are al in need of is help.  It could be help making a car or house payment.  You may know someone that needs help paying a grocery bill or just a meal. 

We all have wants and needs.  I often need help.  I even raise my children in hopes that they grow to be caring, polite, respectful and above all, helpful individuals.  I want them to understand how truly blessed they are.  They should look for those in need and offer help. Not an opportunity.

I ask you this now.  When you look for the next person to get involved with your business are you ready and willing to help them and sacrifice your time and effort to help them along the way. 

I also ask this, are you willing and ready to accept and reach out for help.  There are many individuals around you right now that are willing if you just reach out and ask.

Jesus started with 12 faithful followers that reached out and asked for help and He gave and sacrificed with only one stipulation.  He asked those 12 men to do the same for everyone else. 

Please Pay It Forward!
8/30/2010 07:58:06 am

This is a very good article. Thank you Mandurian for writing an article with substance. Certainly makes you think for a moment!

8/30/2010 08:06:04 am

Good morning and thank you. A wonderful way to start a wonder filled day.

Bryan Wadding
8/30/2010 09:28:11 am

I am pleased to find like-minded people in this world. Thank you.

8/30/2010 12:02:49 pm

I am reminded of 1John 3:17&18
"Let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed & truth"

Rosemary Carter
8/30/2010 12:35:25 pm

good article Jon and Amen!

9/10/2010 09:51:04 am

Great article Jon! I'm glad you went ahead and wrote it and shared it with us. I know that this was something burning on YOUR heart.

And what I like most is that YOU are a DOER of your word. You are definitely a great example of "Paying It Forward" from all the help you've given me. And it's in my plan to do the same.

Thank you for your encouragement!


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