No matter how weak or unworthy the man may be in himself, the power which presides over the destiny of man gives him a chance. God is not partial. He does not select a small group from the great crowd as objects of His special favor, and say to the rest, "You have no chance." God does not start the soul handicapped by birth and circumstances so as to make it impossible for him to rise. God holds open the door of opportunity for all. He may not give him the chance for money or fame. The chance that all need and that is open to all, is to live a true and noble life. Life is more than meat and the body more than raiment. If one blesses the world and makes it better; if he lives an honorable life -- a life molded by His Maker -- he has fought the battle of life to some purpose whether he dies rich or poor.
We Make Opportunities
A man may lose his chance. The mere fact that God gives to each a chance is no assurance that it will be used. Men make opportunities far more often than opportunities make men. The trouble is not that we have not lacked a chance, but have possessed it and despised it.
Some Never See Opportunities
Some lose their chance through dullness. They are blind to the chance when it comes. They say, "All is common place. Every day is hum-drum and every hour uneventful." They think that all the opportunities are either behind, or they belong to the other fellow. They lose their opportunities because they never see them.
One day a glass cutter let some aqua fortis fall on his glasses. he noticed that the glass was softened where the acid fell. This was his opportunity. Most people would have said, "My glasses are ruined." But he drew some figures on a piece of glass, covered them with varnish, applied the acid, and it cut the glass around the figures. The result was that etching upon glass was added to the ornamental arts. He made use of this opportunity because he had his eyes open.
Some Not Prepared
Some lose their chance because they care not for the day of preparation. One must be ready for his opportunity when it comes. Most of us think only after the opportunity has gone by. We say then, "If I had only been ready," We need to learn that we must take advantage of our opportunities.
To despise the day of preparation, to surrender to vice to tear down manhood with dissipation, is to defeat our chance whenever it comes. When opportunity comes, there is no man, just a midget. We may cry, "We have lost our chance," but the truth is, we lost it years before it came.
Procrastination Defeats Opportunity
Procrastination also defeats opportunity. The door swings open and shut. We learn to enter while it is open. We must strike while the iron is hot. The chance cannot be recalled when it is passed. New ones may come, but the old one is gone forever.
Selfishness Destroys Opportunities
Opportunities are lost through selfishness and the preference of personal ease to future success. Indolence never gave birth to opportunity. A person must toil toward success. All the men who have succeeded, have been workers. We often hear someone say, "I wish I had that man's chance." We may, if we are willing to do that man's work.
Opportunities Lost Through Dishonor
Men have lost their chance through dishonor. There are some who might have stood high among their friends, but for the fact that they were not honorable. In the stress of life, they betrayed their cause and their friends. Honor alone will last. The man who sells out has lost his chance.
Opportunities Lost By Despising Trifles
Many fail through despising trifles. A great opportunity usually does not come with a blare of the trumpet. It announces its presence with a trifle. Too many are looking for something big. The man of destiny has been careful of trifles. It is said that one vote (the vote of a man who was brought from the corn field to the polls by one who paid him fifty cents for his day's work and gave him his boots to wear and horse to ride) decided the succession of events which secured the admission of the State of Texas to the Union. Trifles are momentous. They are the door of limitless opportunity, creaking on its hinges. He who would capture his chance must keep his eyes open, his hands active, and his heart pure. For a man like this, opportunities are open every day, and he is ready to accept them.
Am I ready for my opportunity?
1. Franklin Camp, Old Truths In New Robes, Vol.
II. Roberts & Sons, Birmingham, AL, Pg. 176-178 (This entire article
was written by Franklin Camp.)