In the winter of 2009, a large passenger plane made an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River. The pilot, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, who landed the plane safely with no casualties, was later asked about those moments in the air when he was faced with a life-or-death decision. “One way of looking at this,” he said, “might be that for 42 years I’ve been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience, education, and training. And on [that day] the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal.”
Each of us has a bank of experience that can enhance our ability to explore and maximize opportunities around us. Dr Myles Munroe once shared the story of how he first came on air. Archbishop Benson Idahosa was to minister at a conference but the Nigerian preacher could not make it for the programme. Dr Munroe was asked to speak in his place and the rest became history.
In his testimony, Dr Myles said he had faithfully taught in his small church for 10 years but by that one call, his ministry was transformed forever. The truth is, he had been preparing himself for that day which he had envisioned while exploring the “little” opportunities around him.
How can you make deposits in your Bank of Experience as you get yourself prepared for the various opportunities that may demand a withdrawal from your bank?
One, learn everyday. Don’t wait till when you are asked to speak before you learn to speak. Don’t wait till you own a blog before you learn to write. Learning something new must be part of your daily goals.
Two, be faithful and fruitful where you are. Many people miss small opportunities while they are “trusting God for their big opportunity.” Be faithful where God has put you. Bear fruits in abundance and when it is time, your big opportunity will come.
While as people pursuing God’s purpose we do not believe in luck but in grace, we can glean some truth from Roman philosopher, Seneca’s wisdom when he said luck is when preparation meets with opportunity. Whatever that big opportunity you have envisioned is, you can start preparing for it by making the best use of today, learning faithfully and bearing fruits selflessly so that you can have sufficient balance to make the necessary withdrawal for tremendous impact.
I call you blessed!