I’ve worked sales … I get it. You shop around, you pick the item, and then you go back to get it … only to find it has already been sold.
Yesterday, it was chairs for our fellowship hall. We did the homework, covered the bases, made the color choice, and only two days had passed … maybe three. Not bad for church decisions. But you snooze, you lose. Some other organization got our espresso colored chairs.
Maybe it’s another situation. You didn’t get the job, for you waited too long to send in your resume. You missed the movie on Hulu/Netflix, to find it’s already off their play rotation. You didn’t get your peach shake at Chick-fil-A, for now they’ve gone to the next flavor.
Or, in another specific case in my life … you waited too long to get the ‘check engine’ light checked, and now your engine is kaput. If only I had put oil in. Just kidding, I change the oil, the oil pump went bad … so my Jeep is in the 4WD heaven … where all Jeeps go. They do go to heaven, right? I digress.
Deadlines, responsibilities, choosing wisely and promptly. These are important but not always done.
A wedding story …
There is a story about 10 bridesmaids. They were to be prepared for when the Groom would show up and the wedding would start. Five were prepared, and five were not. The time came and the five unprepared ones missed out. They didn’t get to be in the wedding, they didn’t get to celebrate, they didn’t get into the party.
Many see this story connected to something more important that a one day event, or about being prepared to make sure you get the chairs you want. The story is about being prepared for when this life is over and the next stage begins. You need to be prepared. Not getting things in order for those who remain, but getting things in order between you and God.
I lost a few friends this past week. I know they were ready. I know they were right with God. But I can’t say that for all my friends and acquaintances. And I can’t say that for all my readers. But I can say this – if you’re reading this, it’s not too late to get ready. Don’t wait, don’t get caught unprepared, don’t get left out. This is waaaayyyy more important than chairs. We can pick new chairs.
Don’t snooze The Most Important decision … you snooze, you lose big time.
If you want to know more about getting ready for that Big Eternal Impacting Decision – Here is a great site that talks about knowing God.