Have you ever been in the right place at the right time?
The egg that your spouse put on the counter is slowly rolling to the edge, and you step in, just in time, with cat or ninja-like reflexes to nab it.
The child deciding that he just has to have some object on the top shelf. He teeters a chair onto a precariously stacked group of books and perhaps a riding toy. You walk in the room just before a trip to the emergency room is required.
Or how about this. You go to a going away party put on by people you hardly know for a person you know slightly less just because you’re new back to Atlanta, are bored, and have no more local friends..
You see the young woman that is the sister of the wife of the guy who works with your mom. And you end up talking all night until they kick you out of the joint. She becomes your wife.
Right place. Right time.
But too often, we feel like we’re out of place and out of sync. We should have been born in the 50s, 60s, 1880s.
I heard Australia-based Director of the A21 Campaign Christine Caine say this: “We’re a product of eternity, positioned in time and we’ve been given gifts and talents for the purpose of serving our generation.”
Her story? She was born and put in a hospital. And her name: #2508, 1966. Later, she suffered 12 years of physical abuse.
That’s her story, yet she said those powerful words: “We’re a product of eternity, positioned in time and we’ve been given gifts and talents for the purpose of serving our generation.”
Basically, she’s saying we’re all in the right place at the right time. It’s a matter of believing it.
A Product of Eternity
You and I are the product of everything that came before us. I’m a product of my parents. My dad who was a midwestern, German stoic. The accountant. The bookkeeper. The G-man.
And my mom. A slightly more turbulent later adolescence. Fighter. Passionate. Urban minister and nonprofit executive director.
And everyone who went before them and folks coming at me from every direction. We are, partially, the product of all these things… leading us to this time, right now. The Right Time.
Positioned in Time
Placed, situated at our current location. Whether you believe it’s random or whether you believe there’s some sort of plan going on, it doesn’t change the fact that we are currently positioned exactly where we are. Each one of us has a particular place. It might take a choice to believe it, but if we will make that decision, this can be the very best place to be. The Right Place.
With Gifts, Talents – and Experiences
There is absolutely no one else just like you or just like me. We have the perfect mix of gifts, talents, and experiences. Even if you’re not particularly pleased with your experiences. There’s regret, remorse, or even bitterness. Think about the people or person who has influenced you. Any chance they have a perfect background or are particularly ‘world-class’ in their talents? Any chance that it was their regrets or challenges that were the very things that they used to love you, to teach you, and to influence you?
The good, the bad, the happy, the sad. You and I have the unique gifts and talents… available to respond to the people in our path at the right time.
To Serve Our Generation
That’s a little intimidating. I’m suppose to serve my generation? How about this: I have a generation of coworkers or circle of friends to serve. I’m the only one who sits in my particular office or who has my particular schedule. Any person who happens to come across the place where I am at the same time I’m there is a potential opportunity to serve.
Let me ask you this: Has anyone ever been in the right place and just in time.. for you? She was there with the perfect word, or just a shoulder. He was there with just enough encouragement to keep you doing the thing you wanted to keep doing but were too fearful. That person who had gone through just what you had gone through when you were a child or a teen or in your 30s or 40s. That person was just the perfect person at just the right time and he had just the right gift to affect you for the next generation.
Have you ever met that person? Me too.
But let me attempt to encourage you: You are in the right place, at the right time. Just like Christine Caine who started with a name that’s a number, but now runs a ministry that battles human trafficking around the globe. There’s no reason that anything we’ve done or gone through or any combo of talents, as awesome as normal as they might be, can’t be leveraged.
You have exactly what someone else needs to stop them from falling off the chair or to keep the egg from crashing to the floor or to be the right person for someone for the rest of your life.
Own it. Be the right person, because you have been given the gifts, the talents, the experiences, for just this place, at just this time, to serve your little piece of your generation.