Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Three things which do not come back

William Barclay writes on Romans 12: 9-13 with emphasis on the verse 11: “Seize your opportunities” (NSRV) also trans. as “Never be lacking zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord.” (NIV):


“In a section so filed with practical advice, it is more likely that Paul was saying to his people: ‘Seize your opportunities as they come.’ Life presents with all kinds of opportunities – the opportunity to learn something new or to cut out something wrong; the opportunity to speak a word of encouragement or of warning; the opportunity to help or comfort. One of the tragedies of life is that we so often fail to grasp these opportunities when they come. There are three things which do not come back – the spent arrow, the spoken word and the lost opportunity. (my italics)”


Source: Barclay, William. The New Daily Study Bible. The Letter to the Romans, c 1975, 2002, p 195.




1 comment:

Lorraine said...

Even though we often allow life's opportunites to slip through our fingers, I so appreciate the truth words from the hymn... "morning by morning new mercies I see". Every morning is a new chance that God gives us to "Seize the Day". Romans indeed is chalk full of challenges.... way too many for us to meet ~ even in a lifetime. Romans 12: 9 - 13 is awesome in any version.... try this one....

9Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. 10 Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
11 Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, 12 cheerfully expectant. Don't quit in hard times; pray all the harder. 13 Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.