The OPPORTUNITY for MINISTERING
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You know when you are drawn to a word and then seem to hear it again and again fora while? The word opportunity has been that word for me lately. An opportunity is a "suitable time combined with other favorable circumstances (Webster's 1828 Dictionary)."
“The word opportunity comes from the Latin term , which is composed of two other terms: , meaning “toward”, and , meaning “port”. This word came about in the realm of navigation, where sailors used the phrase to denote the best combination of wind, current, and tide to sail to port. However, the only way to seize such weather conditions was if the vessel’s captain had already sighted the port of destination. Knowing the weather conditions without knowing the destination was useless. Therefore, a ship was in a state of opportunitas when its captain had decided where to go and knew how to get there. Later, however, the word evolved in a different direction to denote only external conditions while excluding the individual who would seize them (Leramero)."