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Good values help in utilising opportunities

Youthful Living with PASTOR MOYO M
IN NYANJA, there is an adage that says, “Likaomba otheratu.” It literary means “while the sun is shining and providing warmth, bask in it.” The saying encourages maximum usage of the opportunity availed to us. It suggests that availed opportunities are very precious such that no one should dare to miss out on them once they avail themselves. The word opportunity means favourable time or self-availing chances for doing something positive in life.  Let it be clear that, you should differentiate between a temptation and an opportunity. A youth with value will distinguish a temptation from an opportunity.
Temptation may come in form of opportunities but they aim at diverting from utilising the opportunity and leading to sin. Some of the youths have mistakenly yielded to temptations with a view that they are utilising the self-availing chance. Youths who make this mistake end up missing vital opportunities to do something meaningful that would make a remarkable difference in their life. Regrets are products of missed opportunities.
Remember that in life, some of the opportunities come only once and never return afterwards. When such opportunities come, it is necessary to seize them and maximise their usage. Good values are personal principles that govern the judgment of what is right or wrong, what is important or not will go a long way in helping youths to avoid temptation so that they maximize on opportunities. Youths without good values are prone to temptation because they lack a moral guideline that would help them focus on utilising the opportunity to the fullest.
Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” The quotation encourages us to make wise choices in the midst of temptation so that we focus on maximising the usage of the availed opportunities.
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