Looking back to my years growing up as a kid in the late sixties and early seventies, I have fond memories of one of my favorite television shows of that era. Back in those days, I used to love to watch the game show Let’s Make a Deal that was hosted by Monty Hall. I know that today there is a modern and updated version of the show that is hosted by Wayne Brady, but for some reason or other, today’s version of the classic game show just doesn’t appeal to me like the version of the show that I watched as a kid. I guess being a kid, I always found it amusing and entertaining seeing all the outlandish costumes that the people in the audience would wear, in hopes of drawing the attention of Monty Hall, and being chosen as a contestant. I would watch the show, and see people dressed in costumes that ranged everywhere from a banana suit, to Raggedy Ann, to the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz….. the variety of costumes seemed endless and always entertaining
One of the things about the show that sticks out in my mind has to do with something that occurred when someone from the audience was chosen to participate as a contestant. Every day on the show, a contestant was given the opportunity to choose between three large doors. Each door concealed a mystery prize. One door would always have a VERY nice prize behind it such as a new car or a new boat. One of the doors would always have a prize that was just OK…nothing as good as a new car, but still not bad. Finally, one door would always be hiding a prize that was considered the bummer prize, or the “Zonk” prize; a prize with no value that nobody would really want.
When I reflect back on all of this, it occurs to me that in life, we are all given the opportunity to choose between many doors in life. Our success in life largely depends on which doors we choose. Unlike choosing doors in the old game show Let’s Make a Deal, which depended mostly on luck, the doors we choose in life don’t have to be based on luck or guessing. We have available to us a way to know which door is best for us to choose and walk through, and we also have available to us a way to know which doors to leave well enough alone. We can have the assurance that if we will make God a part of our life, and seek his direction, he will always keep us from choosing the wrong door that ends up hiding the “Zonk” prize.
In the Bible in the Book of Proverbs, it says, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 New Living Translation) In another place in the Bible it says, “ The Lord directs the steps of the Godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” (Psalms 37:23 New Living Translation) So, as you can see, you don’t have to guess or depend on luck to be sure you are choosing the best possible door in your life. If you will always make God a part of the choosing process, He will lead you to the doors that are best for you.
One of the great passages of scripture in the Bible that speaks about doors that we encounter in life is found in the Book of Revelation. Look at what the Bible says in the third chapter of Revelation. In this chapter, there is a passage that says, “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia. This is the message from the one who is holy and true, the one who has the key of David. What he opens, no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open: I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.” (Revelation 3:7-8) Wow! What an awesome bit of scripture that is! So what does that mean to us? Well…. here’s the thing. All through our lives, there are going to be doors that God will open for us, and there will be doors that God will deliberately close for us, in order to protect us from harm. Too many times in life, we fail to see the doors that God is opening for us, and we miss out on a great opportunity to experience tremendous growth and blessings. When God opens these doors for us, just as the Bible tells us, no man can shut them. That means that when God opens a door for you, there is no man or no force on earth that can keep you from walking through that door! The catch is that you have to recognize the door and the opportunity, and make the decision to walk through it. Often in life, we waste too much time trying to pry and force open doors that God has shut. Have you ever had a period in your life where it seemed like the thing that you were trying to do or accomplish always resulted in failure, regardless of how hard you tried? Maybe it was because you were trying to force your way through a door that God had shut! Trying to go through a door that God has shut will only wear you out mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. There are just some things that for whatever reason, God decides are not the right paths for us. When I think about this, I could almost reword the Serenity Prayer to read something like this…
God grant me the Serenity to stop trying to pry open or force my way through doors that you have shut, the courage to walk through doors that you have opened, and the wisdom to know the difference.
There are three specific doors that I know of that we all will encounter in our lives. I know there are many more then three, but there are three in particular that I feel will play the biggest part in determining our success and happiness in life. I would like to share them with you.
1. The Doors of Relationships– All though our lives, we continue to be exposed to all types of people, and we have the chance to make friends with some, start meaningful lasting relationships with some, and possibly choose to not associate with some. Who you establish relationships with will go a long way in determining how happy you will be and the level of success you will achieve. I love what it says about choosing friends and the people we associate with in the Book of Proverbs! It says, “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” (Proverbs 13:20 New Living Translation) Wow! It doesn’t get much plainer than that! Be very careful choosing the people you embrace as friends! Choose people who have your best interests at heart and who will encourage and inspire you to be a better person!
2. The Doors of Opportunity– As we journey through life, we will all have opportunities that come our way from time to time. Be very careful that you pray and ask God to reveal to you the opportunities that are the best for you to pursue. Sometimes we have great opportunities and doors open to us that we fail to recognize or simply don’t take the initiative to walk through. Great doors of opportunity don’t stay open forever. As the scripture told us, God opens doors that no man can shut. It doesn’t say that God cannot shut the door! God may open a door for us, but as years go by and our situations change, God may also shut that same door of opportunity if we delay. God opens doors for us based on what we need in our life at the time. Keep your eyes open and don’t miss out on a door God has opened for you!
3. The Door of Salvation and Grace– Lastly, but most importantly, we will all encounter the opportunity to reap the blessings that come with the door of God’s grace and forgiveness. The Bible says in Revelation chapter three “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20) This is one door that God will not open himself, nor will He shut himself. The decision to open or shut the door is completely and solely up to us. God’s invitation to eternal life and a life of the blessings God has for us is for whosoever will! God will not force his way into the door of our heart. We have to let him in. Is he knocking on your heart’s door? Let Him in! When you do, your life will never be the same!
What doors are you faced with choosing between today? You don’t have to choose alone! Let God lead you and help you choose the right doors to walk through in your life. I mean let’s be honest…none of us want to choose the wrong door and end up with the “Zonk”!
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Until next time,