Woodrow Kroll

There's an Arabian proverb that says, "Four things do not come back: the spent arrow, the spoken word, time passed and the neglected opportunity." How true. We all know the regret of a missed opportunity, the pain of remembering a moment we let slip away, never to return.

In Luke 1:3-4, he tells us why he wrote, "It seemed good to me...having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you...that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught."

Although Luke never met Jesus, he researched Jesus' ministry and got to know people who knew Jesus. When he had an opportunity to put his research down in words, he wrote the Book of Luke. If he hadn't taken the opportunity, we wouldn't have the story of Jesus' birth that has become such an integral part of the Christmas season or the inspiring story of the Good Samaritan or the touching portrait of our Heavenly Father found in the parable of the Prodigal Son.

If Luke had never written his Gospel, we wouldn't have the story of Zacchaeus who saw an opportunity and seized it. You know from the story that Zacchaeus was intent on seeing Jesus — and the meeting changed his life. You can read all about it in Luke 19:1-10.

Here's the lesson I learn from all of this:

When God knocks on the door, we need to be ready.

We need to live each day with clean hands and a pure heart ready to seize each moment. Luke didn't regret living that way; Zacchaeus didn't regret it; and neither will you.

Simple Ways to Seize the Day:

1. Write a note telling someone you value them.

2. Spend your morning praising God with Psalm 145.

3. Ask a friend how they are doing...REALLY.

4. Pray for someone in your church.

5. Serve in your church nursery.

6. Creatively display your favorite scripture.

7. Volunteer in your community.

8. Grant forgiveness.