Did I Miss Anything?

How many times have you heard it said? How many times have you said it yourself? You get caught in traffic and miss the first 15 minutes of the performance. A huge crowd and long queues outside the stadium mean you reach your seat just before quarter time of the big game. You come back to work after 4 weeks holiday and reacquaint yourself with your work desk and colleagues. "Did I miss anything?"

Are you kidding?! The opening overture of Les Miserables, your team piled on 7 unanswered goals in the first 20 minutes, the boss gave everyone a raise and shouted dinner at "Stones".

There are times in life when we miss things due to unavoidable circumstances. But there are also times in life when we miss things and we have no one to blame but ourselves. Choices that we make, priorities that we set, and attitudes that we hold can all be the cause of missing something of great worth.

In the gospel of John, chapter 20, we read that Jesus' disciple Thomas was not present with the others when Jesus came. We are not told the reason he was missing. Perhaps there was an unavoidable circumstance, a family crisis or emergency, that kept Thomas away. Or perhaps he just made a conscious decision that he had other things to do that day. Later on, Thomas caught up with the other disciples. Maybe Thomas asked them, "Did I miss anything?" The other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" A resurrection appearance of the Son of God! Fancy missing that! Wouldn't you just want to kick yourself if you could have been there!

As members of God's family, we are exhorted by the Word and given many opportunities to gather together and encourage one another. 10 am on Sunday, Connect groups, working bees, music practice, and social activities are just a few. Let's make good choices, wherever possible, to enjoy things of great value.

Yours in Christ,

Peter Rogers

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