I don’t want to miss it

by Paula Harrington

I’ll never forget the time my husband and I bought tickets to see Jerry Seinfeld Live. We couldn’t wait for that date night.

We had two jobs and five children, so you can imagine how excited we were to have a night with one of our favorite comedians and without our favorite kids.

We anticipated that date for months. The day came and we were ready. The babysitter knew what time to be at the house, reservations for the restaurant had been made, and the tickets were in my purse.

I had the radio on that morning while getting ready for work. I heard the Disc Jockeys mention Seinfeld and the show. I turned the volume up and it wasn’t long before one of the guys spoke about the large crowd.

Wait. What?

The more I listened the more the truth became clearer. I ran to my purse, quickly pulled out those tickets, and much to my frustration discovered, I was one day off.

I still can’t believe we missed something we had been looking forward to for so long.  Sure, it was trivial but I’m afraid that we may be missing out on some important things.

We know the Bible. We know that we’re to feed to hungry and care for the sick.

  • But are we missing the hungry in our own neighborhoods?
  • Are we too busy to see to the least of these (Matthew 25:40)?

Have we led ourselves and others to believe that church is about dressing in designer clothes, parking our nice vehicles in front of our million dollar buildings, and waiting for others to come to us?

Don’t we realize that our Jesus was homeless but the homeless don’t feel welcome where we worship because they don’t have the right clothes?

We know the God of our Bibles, but are we missing the God in action in our lives?

We preach the Christ of humility and suffering but are we living the Christ of health and wealth?

Our God is the God of healing but when’s the last time we shared our stories of brokenness and how he healed us?

We were sent to make disciples but have we’ve grown too comfortable sitting on pews?

  • I don’t want to miss the peace of God because I’m too overscheduled.
  • I don’t want to miss the love of God because I’m too afraid to get involved with others.
  • I don’t want to miss an eternal home because I’m too connected with this one.
  • I don’t want to miss opportunities to tell others about Jesus.

And I definitely don’t want to miss the truth because I’m so wrapped up in what I think I already know.

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6 thoughts on “I don’t want to miss it

  1. Wait just a minute here. You’re saying I have to let go of everything material that has control over my life, including my fears and physical desires? Are you saying God wants a total commitment of everything I am & have?!

  2. This is truly inspiring. Thank you and may God give us all the ability to realize this more and more

  3. We missed a flight home once, one day off just like your attempt to see Seinfield. I sympathize. But your point was stunning! We are often blind to the reality of the gospel as we waltz along satisfied and comfortable. Thank you for the beautiful reminder of how much we miss!

  4. This is a great article making a point that is overwhelmingly missed by the vast majority of Christians, elders, preachers, teachers, etc., etc. We have learned “Christianity” from the people around us that we respect, admire and understand to be good Christians instead of from Jesus and the Bible! Sometimes I use the expression, “the hypocrisy we call Christianity.” Most of us have enough stored in the attic, garage, closet, etc. to send us to Hell. We believe in prosperity, freedom, democracy, etc. more than in God’s word. We have made the same mistakes God warned Israel about before they entered the promised land, which warnings they ignored. I am afraid we are in for many surprises when we face judgment.

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