As most of you probably know, Rachel is graduating from High School in 52 days (if you’re reading this on April 5, 2017). That’s 52 actual days, not school days.
Siloam Springs High School has an activity for all the graduates called Project Graduation on the night of graduation. It is, in essence, designed to keep the graduates from making poor decisions and/or celebrating in ways that they are, well, not old enough to celebrate. They will have entertainment, games and prizes. It’s really not a bad program.
Some of you know that I recently helped plan a golf tournament to fund the 2017 edition of Project Graduation for SSHS. Part of planning a golf tournament is recruiting sponsors...which is not very easy when you consider that Project Graduation has already done several fund raisers and there are other school groups doing fund raisers. Many of the businesses are tapped out.
There were several businesses here in town that I thought about approaching with “sponsorship opportunities.” I drove by these businesses countless times in the past couple of months...but they were busy, closed, “would just say no,” or for whatever reason, I did not stop. I guess I figured I’d catch them next time.
Well, guess what? I drove by some of those same businesses this week and it hit me: I had never gone in and asked them about helping sponsor the golf tournament. And now, their opportunity to help sponsor the “2017 Siloam Springs High School Project Graduation Golf Classic” is gone forever!
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking I’m being overly dramatic because next year there will be a Project Graduation golf tournament they can sponsor...so their opportunity is not “gone forever.”
But their opportunity to help with the 2017 golf event IS LOST FOREVER. There will never be another golf tournament supporting Project Graduation for the class of 2017 of Siloam Springs High School.
I hope you can see where I am going with this. I had the chance to share the opportunity to participate in a really good thing with others, and I blew it. I didn’t even ask. Now the chance is gone forever.
You have contact everyday with people you know (friends, family members, business associates, etc.) who you are planning to invite to church, ask why they haven’t been at church, share the gospel with, etc. But you just haven’t done it.
And, you know, it works both ways. We can wait too long to respond as well. On Monday morning we received a check for a hole sponsorship...but the business was not listed as a hole sponsor because they did not get their money in on time.
Thinking there’s always going to be plenty of time or planning to wait until the last minute to make things right with God is another of Satan’s most deadly weapons. What, exactly, are you waiting for?
There’s going to come a day when it is too late. Jesus will have returned and your opportunity will be lost forever. Even if they say “no” you’ll have done your part. What are you waiting for? It’s too big a risk not to tell it TODAY!