"Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as He made His way to Jerusalem" (Luke 13:22).
"I just don't have time!" Ever said that? It has become our trump card excuse for just about, well, everything. It applies to housework, taking time off, doing something extra with the kids, volunteering at church, or even spending time with God. It is also an all-time favorite when it comes to reaching out to people and sharing part of our faith-story - how we came to know Christ, what God's done in our lives, or just about the peace that we can now live in. It seems that instead of falling off into the quick-sand frustrations of reinventing the wheel, we should look at what is already in existence. Jesus didn't have to make time and "find" opportunities to share the love of the Father, He opened His eyes and took advantage of the ones that were right in front of Him.
Jesus had a goal, a destination in mind, but He wasn't so focused on that goal that He missed all the opportunities leading up to it. It is so easy to get so focused on what is in our sights that we get tunnel vision, neglecting everyone and everything else. We miss the fact that God may have placed us in the path of someone else for a specific reason and at a specific time.
Don't miss anything on the path He's called you to walk. It is great to be a person of excellence, to be highly motivated, and to be purpose-driving and goal-oriented, but don't limit God to "that" goal. There are so many lessons to be learned and lives to be loved along the journey. Don't get so focused on yours that you miss what God wants to do in you and through you in the life of someone else that God has placed right in front of you. Where ever you may be, the coffee shop, the office, in the line at the grocery store, or walking to your car after work, open your heart to God, open your eyes to see, and open your life to others. Life is busy, but don't miss an opportunity to bless the lives of others. At the same time, you, too, will be changed!