Morning Cup of Joe – Blessings in Disguise


For most of us, our pride restricts us from recognizing clear and apparent blessings. During a recent conversation with a friend who is actively searching for a job, I was able to discover a fundamental error in the way he was viewing his circumstances. He expressed to me that he has participated in over twenty job interviews and has received over nine offers but none of them matched the salary he felt he should be paid based on his years of experience and his advanced degrees. He feels as if they were insulting him by offering him the opportunity at such a low salary. After he shared this story with me, I scratched my head and thought to myself “he turned down nine answers to his prayers”.

Sometimes you have to take one step back in order to take 1000 steps forward. Just because an opportunity doesn’t perfectly match your expectations doesn’t mean it isn’t the opportunity for you. Opportunities are such that you can autonomously mold it into what you think it should be. For example, had he taken one of the nine job offers, he could’ve easily changed the scope of that opportunity by putting forth maximum effort no matter the circumstances. This action will always yield positive results. So what if the salary isn’t up to your standards, the fact of the matter is the salary they are offering is much greater than the nothing you are currently earning. You never know if the opportunity that gets you in the door is the same opportunity that will help you climb the ladder. First you must accept the opportunity then make it what it should be.

Stop turning down blessings that are specifically meant for you. Many of you are guilty of not accepting blessings then blaming God for not giving them to you. Learn to recognize when your prayers are being answered. Just because the opportunity doesn’t appear to be fruitful, it is an opportunity nonetheless. Remember that cream eventually rises to the top; even if you accept an opportunity that doesn’t meet your standards work as if you are the President of the corporation and inevitably the title will catch up to the work. Do not decline opportunities because you are too proud; your pride will keep you penniless and hungry.

It’s not the opportunity that is offered to us but what we do with that opportunity that matters most.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

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