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There is a need for us to learn to praise the Lord as much for a closed door as we do an open door. The reason God closes doors is because He has not prepared anything over there for us.

 

If HE didn't close the wrong door, we would never find the right door. God directs our path through the closing and opening of doors. One door closes, it forces you to change your course. He closes another door, it forces you to change your course again. Then finally, after a season of close doors, you find the open door and you walk right into your blessing. The Lord directs our paths through these opening and closing of doors, but instead of praising him for the closed door (which keeps us out of trouble and meeting some unexpected challenges), we get upset because we thought that we were suppose to finally walk into our season by the very appearance of the situation. (I've been through a few close door experiences that I was upset at first but then I realize that God didn’t open that door for me.)

 

Some closed doors are also opportunity for growth and development.

 

I have two personal leadership testimonies about close door experiences.

 

First, I am a member of a Fraternity in which I ran for the presidency of the local chapter, not once, not twice but three times. The first time I was not upset but by the second time, I was not a happy camper. I had vowed NEVER to seek that office again.

 

Due to being rejected by the Local Fraternity Chapter, I was able to be elected President of the local NPHC Council (the governing body of all fraternities and sororities). I was able to use my skills in assisting the local council in becoming chartered. I became the Charter President of the first international NPHC Council. I assisted in organizing the First Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards Program. An opportunity presented itself for me to seek an international leadership role. February 1999, I was elected as the National First Vice-President, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. At the age of 32, I was one of the youngest and the first international council member to hold the second highest leadership role. I went on to spend four (4) years as National First Vice-President. During my tenure, I had the opportunity to develop some excellent leadership and networking skills.

 

This assisted me in making a difference when I finally ascended to the local presidency of the Fraternity. I was able to improve the operations of the chapter, increase the number of active financial members on the roll (the highest in the chapter history), hold a membership intake (the 1st in 10 years) and establish some important partnership. Due to my work as local chapter president, I was identified by the International President to serve in his Cabinet, becoming the first Bahamian to serve in a senior level position in the Fraternity.

 

Most of us spend so much time talking, crying, getting sick, grieving and being angry about the closed door in our lives, we don’t see the open door. Les Brown, legendary human-potential expert, says our trials and disappointments can take us all to a door of discovery and greatness.

 

My second close door experience happened in October 2003. I had prepared to ascend to the presidency of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. I would have made history as the first individual outside of the United States to ascend to the presidency. Despite running a well organized campaign, I was rejected at the polls. I was disappointed for five minutes and then I realize that this close door happened for a reason. I never fully understood the reason for the closed door until about nine months later (Isn't it amazing how God works, he allowed nine months of incubation) when along with a group of other excited individuals came together and organized The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation. You see, between 1997 – 2004, the Student of the Year Committee worked hard in organizing the annual Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards Program and raised some $50,000.00 in scholarships and prizes. However, after the establishment of the Foundation in 2004, we were able to solicit over $600,000.00 in scholarships and prizes for deserving primary school students in The Bahamas. Because the international leadership door was closed in 2003, I was able focus my attention on making a difference in The Bahamas.

 

Along with Foundation Board Chairman Cyndi Williams-Rahming, I was able to lead a dynamic Board of Directors as its President & CEO. I can now look back at this closed door experience and say that my community is better because of it. Yes, I benefited from an outstanding leadership training that prepared for my current assignment. Over 1,000 students have benefited because of this "closed door" experience.

 

So Leaders, You may have been terminated from your job that you assisted in developing - praise God for the new opportunities that will be or was manifested because of this closed door. If you are a member of your civic, fraternal, political or religious organization and a door closed. Be thankful because God is preparing a new assignment for you.

 

If you were waiting to hear from an agency that has frustrated you totally or denied you, remember, God is working this situation out in HIS time.

 

I would therefore like to encourage you, as I encourage myself that whenever a door appears to close in your face (and there have been a few for me and as long as you live, there will be a few for you), be encouraged because God is sending you in another direction. Sometimes HE is just closing the wrong door for the right reason and season. I therefore leave you with these powerful words: “Commit to the Lord in whatever you do and your plans will succeed." (Proverbs 16:3) Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith, he said, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31) 'The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.' (Psalms 37:23) The Mountain top is glorious, but it is in the Valley that I will grow!

 

Always Remember God gives you... Enough Happiness to keep you Going Enough Trials to keep you Strong Enough Sorrows to keep you Human Enough Hope to keep you Happy Enough Failure to keep you Humble Enough Success to keep you Eager Enough Friends to give you Comfort Enough Wealth to meet your Needs Enough Enthusiasm to make you look forward Enough Faith to banish depression Enough Determination to make each day a better day than the last. and Enough Honey to keep you Sweet Life must be lived forward but can only be understood backwards. If you love God, share this and He will continue to open and close doors for you. Finally, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Psalms 46: 10 – 11)

 

Addendum

 

We are quickly approaching the closing of 2012, many of us will be happy to see that old year close and the beginning of a new year.

 

2012 had its share of excitements and disappointments but we made it to see another day. The beginning of a new decade.

 

Here is a list of HOPE for Individuals Who DARE to LEAD:

 

Hope that our members will experience GOOD HEALTH, GREAT WEALTH and HAPPINESS in 2013;

 

Hope that you become an active participant in the Group for 2013;

 

Hope that your family will be blessed in 2013;

 

Hope that the close of the doors of 2012 will lead to some new beginnings in 2013;

 

Finally, We Hope that this is a peaceful, prosperous, healthy and happy time.

 

Please feel free to share your "Closed door" experience, it may just help someone who is going through a battle at this hour.

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This was a very impactful piece. Thank you for sharing!
As a person who prefers to work behind the scenes, I can appreciate the sentiment of this discussion.
I agree with you that closed doors are often a blessing although you may not be aware of it. I experienced one during my time in the Public Service when I was interviewed for a promotion. After getting over the disappointment I realized that more experience was needed for the post and I spent my time acquiring the same. Eventually the door open and I believe my ability to serve was impacted in a positive manner as a result of the waiting period.
I just needed to be reminded about "open" and "close" doors today. I am thankful that he is keeping me through all of these experiences. This has truly allowed me to reflect on the opportunties and challenges that are being presented in my life and to remain focus, thankful and committed to the cause.
I'm going through my closed door season now, and can only give thanks for the many doors that will be open to me as a result of this. I'm grateful. Thanks for sharing this with me, it makes me see things a little clearer now!
Thanks for posting this message. I am currently wading my way through a closed door experience. I know that it's best that the door has closed, and that a better door will open in the future. It's a matter of staying faithful, and realizing that God has the plan.
I gree with you man of God,God allows doors to close because often times were not ready for the new door or next level,He allows us to wait because in the waiting he wants to birth out discipline, character, intergrity and more importantly he wants to see if he can trust us,God will never allow your gift to take you where your character can keep you.Jeremiah:29 vs 11 says " For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Aren't some "closed doors" opportunities for growth? Weather we get to walk through them or not? Or simply, do you see a closed door or an opportunity?
Thank You!
Amen!
Oh! how true.I wish God could constantly remind us that He is our Father and therefore everything that happens to us happens for a reason.He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing and at the irght time we harvest provided we are teachable!
Ricardo, I truely believe that doors are close and open for a reason. I also know that sometime GOD just WAIT. We have to be mature enough to accept HIS answer.

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Vision2lead will dedicated our spotlight for February 2014  to Dr. Myles Munroe:

Dr. Myles Munroe, an internationally renowned bestselling author, motivational speaker, lecturer, teacher, life coach, government consultant, and leadership mentor.


Dr. Myles Munroe (born April 20, 1954) is the president and founder of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI)and Myles Munroe International (MMI), a Christian growth and resource center that includes leadership training institutes, a missions agency, a publishing company, a television network, radio and Web communications, and a church community. He is chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the International Third World Leaders Association and president of the International Leadership Training Institute. 

Dr. Myles Munroe is the author or coauthor of over 100 books, study guides, and audio tapes currently in print, and he is a contributing writer for various Bible editions, journals, magazines, and newsletters, such as The Believer’s Topical Bible, The African Cultural Heritage Topical Bible, Charisma Life Christian Magazine, and Ministries Today.

He has travelled around the world training leaders in business, government, education, sports, media, and religion.

He has degrees in fine arts, education and theology from Oral Roberts University (1978), a Master’s degree in administration from the University of Tulsa (1980), and he has been awarded a number of honorary doctoral degrees. He has also served as an adjunct professor of the Graduate School of Theology at Oral Roberts University. In 2004, he was named the Oral Roberts University Alumnus of the year.

This multi-gifted motivational speaker serves as a business consultant to governments, Fortune 500 companies and corporations, addressing critical issues that affect every aspect of human, professional, leadership, social, and spiritual development. 

Dr. Munroe is this country's youngest recipient of the Queen's Birthday Honors of the Order of The British Empire (OBE) Award 1998 bestowed by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth of England, for his spiritual and social contributions to the national development of the Bahamas. He has also been honored by the government of the Bahamas with the Silver Jubilee Award (SJA) for providing twenty-five years of outstanding service to the Bahamas in the category of spiritual, social and religious development. In 2012, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his contribution to leadership development in Peru and other emerging Latin American nations.

Pastor Myles is the senior pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries International Fellowship, where his wife, Ruth Ann, serves as co-senior pastor. They are the proud parents of Charisa and Chairo (Myles Jr.).

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