“Missed Opportunities”
Text: Luke 2: 1-7

Some years ago at a Resort Area along the East Coast, a small community was having an open town meeting about some financial problems that they were facing.

Among the two dozen or so people was one man no one seemed to know who was apparently visiting in that area & had just dropped in on the meeting.

He started to make a comment once as various projects were considered, but he was interrupted; so for the rest of the time, he kept still, & he left early.
Just as he went out someone arriving late came in, & said breathlessly, “What was he doing here? Is he going to help us?”

The rest of them said, “Who are you talking about? Who was that man?” The person who had just arrived said, “You mean you don’t know? That was John D. Rockefeller.

His yacht is in our harbour. Didn’t you get his help? In despair someone said, “No, we didn’t get his help; we didn’t know who he was!”

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Have you ever kicked yourself in the Seat of the Pants, because you missed a golden opportunity? I think all of us can relate here!

1. We missed an opportunity to make a Positive Difference in Someone’s Life.

2. We missed an opportunity to be a Blessing to Someone who was Hurting.

3. We missed an opportunity to Witness to a Lost Friend.

4. We missed an opportunity to get a certain job because we weren’t prepared.
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5. We missed an opportunity to Minister to our Spouse or Children because we were too preoccupied.

6. We missed an opportunity to make an Eternal Difference in a person’s life because we didn’t seize the opportunity.

Has an opportunity ever knocked on your door & you were so caught up in other things, that it slipped through your fingers?

I’m convinced that it has happened to all of us! But I pray that we would wake us to the opportunities around us!
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Andy Stanley made the statement in his book “Visioneering”, “We don’t need to pray for more Miracles, we just need to be more Sensitive to the opportunities that God brings our way.”

Why is it that some people seem to take advantage of the opportunities that come their way, while others allow opportunities to pass them by?

It’s easy to say, “Well, they were just Lucky.” I don’t think Luck has anything to do with it, they were just more sensitive to the opportunity!

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I’ll never forget the story about the Shoe salesman that went to Africa. He was there two weeks & he wrote his company
Bret Johnson
October 28, 2015
,Unfortunately, the story of Teddy at the end is fictional. The whole story was made up, quite intentionally and obviously. It was a moving work of fiction by Elizabeth Ballard, published in Home Life magazine in 1976 as a work of fiction. You can also go to to check veracity.
Sara Brown
November 3, 2014
Great Christmas message. I have some similar notes written in by Bible.
Sara Brown
November 3, 2014
I love the way Luke tells the story.
Neville Andrews
December 24, 2008
Thank you for your God inspired thoughts which challenged me in my ministry. Thank you
C. James Kutz
December 22, 2008
Inspired and beautifully crafted
Adebambo Osibamiro
December 20, 2008
This is by divine inspiration.May God continue to shower you with His wisdom
Homer Henry
December 20, 2008
Inspirational, Loved every Word
Lee Gleason
December 13, 2008
You express the Christmas Story in a very different. Very thoughtful and good. I find many good thoughts that are very good. Thank you,
Joe Lopez
December 9, 2008
James Brannon
November 26, 2008
This sermon is put together with glue from God. I find it extremely helpful as I mine a few nuggets from it. Great Job!