The “Big O”!

For over 10 years now, I have kept a quote in my files from Dr. Jimmy Draper’s (former President of Lifeway) father that spoke to my heart when I first read it.  It still resonates with a truth we need to hear.  He simply said, “The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized during the lifetime of the opportunity.”*

(*Used in an article by Gene Mims, President of LifeWay Church Resources, December, 2001)

So, I am using this opportunity to share with you about another opportunity:  Vacation Bible School!  In just a few short days now (May 31 – June 5) we will be given the “BIG O”, the opportunity to enjoy and teach children.  Our audience will be made up of the children of our church, the children of our extended church family, and, the children of our community.  Many of these children we know; many we do not.

Re-thinking Mr. Draper’s words, I have realized what I believe is a sad fact.  That is, this five-day period of teaching (or perhaps even one night that a child may attend) may well be the only OPPORTUNITY they have or have ever had to hear about and see the love of Christ modeled.  With our opportunity comes a great burden of responsibility.  Let us not fail in either.  We must claim the moment of opportunity we are given and share the love of Christ with those precious little ones that we may never interact with again.

What can you do?  Well, don’t miss the opportunity to help with VBS or join us in prayerful preparation.  Call the Church Office if you would like to help.  Following morning worship on Sunday, May 24, we will “prayer walk” our campus, praying for every child and worker that will participate in VBS.  You may not be able to work in VBS, but you can claim the privilege and opportunity to pray for VBS. For the children…this is the opportunity of a lifetime that may well change all of life! For the CrossPoinTempe Church family…this is a clarion call not to miss the lifetime of the opportunity that we have been given!

Blessings to all,

Pastor Bob

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