One well-known story I have loved in the Bible, is the story of Gideon. Often told to show how someone who is doubtful of them-self puts a few challenges to God in order to be convinced that what is being asked of them is truly from God. But I got intrigued by something else.
For me it was where Gideon was found – ‘Threshing wheat in a wine-press?” Judges 6:11. This was during a time when the children of Israel were being impoverished by Midianites who were literally draining their resources and livelihood. However, Gideon was managing to disguise what he did by ‘Threshing wheat in a wine-press.’
When things are seemingly not working in your favour its hard to see any glimmer of hope let alone an opportunity to some how get through. But Gideon utilise something that was not designed for the purpose he used it for, in order to survive. He realised that it was unconventional, but also for that very reason, no one would be looking for wheat in a Wine-press. It takes ingenuity, cunning and risk sometimes in order to not end up like everyone else.
Dare to be different!
Opportunity goes against the grain sometimes. It means going out of step or against the tide of normality and conformity. Its requires courage because the enemy doesn’t like being out smarted or made a fool of.
Albert Einstein said that
We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
Likewise, opportunity cannot be seized with the same mentality that gave you your comfort zone. Once you see an opportunity you have to be willing to pursue it, action it and make it happen. So you need to challenge yourself and seek a new set of ideas. Being unconventional, being different, doing the unexpected, may not be that crazy an idea.
So here’s to renewed thinking!
Until next time – Continue to be the change you want to be:-)
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