Has this ever happened to you?
A few years back, my daughter and I went to run a couple quick errands. I threw on jeans and she threw on sweats, and we headed out. After the last stop, I remembered I had to stop at HEB for an emergency item, probably milk. She didn’t want to go in because she was wearing sweats, she said.
“It’s just for a minute,” I said. “It’s early in the day, nobody cares, and you won’t see anybody you know anyway.” So what happened?
We saw NO LESS than eight of her friends. I kid you not, these kids were everywhere! After the first one, I waved it off telling her it was a fluke. After the third one, I was laughing. After the fifth one, I was dying. After the seventh one, I was thinking WTH are all these kids doing out so early on a Saturday morning? I thought they slept in until noon!
Well, she was not laughing and she complained the whole way through the store and checkout. She did laugh once we got in the car when I pointed out “What are the odds?” that this would have happened the ONE day she had just thrown on her sweats?
Needless to say, my trip to Home Depot the following weekend happened thirty minutes after I decided to go because I got ready to go out. Nothing fancy, but there was a brush and makeup involved. And what happened? I saw a friend of mine there!
The point is, we never know what is going to happen or when, who we will run into or why. But we should be prepared! Have you prepared your way?
It’s not like somebody’s going to bump into me in the frozen food aisle and hand me their card saying they must have me be in their next commercial or on the cover of their next magazine issue, but what if you see a friend of yours who asks you what you’re up to and what your business is about? What if they tell you they’re having a hard time dealing with something and you have an opportunity to share Jesus stuff with them?
Do you have a business card on you? Do you have a 15-second spiel about what you do and how to contact you? Do you have the Cliff’s notes version of how praying a little every day helps you get through rough times? Do you make eye contact? Make them feel good about the encounter after the encounter is over? Are you genuine?
You never know what your day has in store for you. Are you prepared to handle it in a particular way, or is it going to handle you? Seneca said “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”. In other words, Luck doesn’t happen by chance; you have to be prepared for it. [Tweet this!]
Here’s a quick ABC list of a few things you can do at the beginning of any day, any outing, any moment, to be prepared for an opportunity that might come your way. Of course, you can always get more specific, but these are easy and general and work anywhere, anytime, even if you aren’t even stepping foot outside your house!
I’m not talking about what you wear, but about how you present yourself. Fake it if you must, but try to at least appear to be calm, capable and confident.
This is action 101. Breathing helps you get centered, it calms you, it helps you focus. Breathing is the foundation of meditation, which has been proven to improve mental and physical health and wellness. Taking a deep breath could circumvent you saying something impulsive or emotional, and that could go a long way during an important interaction. Breathing before you do anything can balance you to better handle what may come up, and also handle it as it comes up.
Capture and Control
Thoughts goeth before attitudes and actions, just like pride goeth before the fall. 2 Cor 10:5 says in part, “…take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” If we think rotten thoughts, we will have a rotten attitude and will behave accordingly. But if we take control of our thoughts and think of positive outcomes and pleasant interactions, we can have a great meeting, a fun outing, or a productive day at home.
Dress Up (Bonus)
If one day you want to throw on a tie or put on those high heels just to go to HEB or Home Depot or the mall, do it! If it makes you feel good, you will think good thoughts, and you will present yourself on the outside as a reflection of how good you feel on the inside. And that’s just lucky all the way around.
In what ways have you gotten lucky lately?
Becky is a single mom and a reluctant disciple, called to share her story with others in her own unconventional way. She knows God equips her for her journey, and does her best to trust in His plan for that journey, and not to judge others on their journeys…unless the waist of their pants is at their butt cheeks; then she thinks they should pull those puppies up. Or if somebody says she eats too much chocolate; then she just can’t be friends with them anymore. But she will pray for them. Join her to discover how your plans and God’s plans come together in this life filled with groovy trails.