It arrived in the mail yesterday. The envelope was bright and inviting. And to top it all off, there were big, bold, unavoidable letters splashed all over the front. “An exciting opportunity inside!” You’ve got to hand it to these credit card companies. They really know how to grab a guy.
I’ve gotten so many of these over the years that I don’t even open them up anymore. I merely toss them into the trash, unopened, undefiled, and unsullied (whatever that means). Frankly, I’ve gotten too old to bother with these things. Too much excitement is not good for codgers like me.
My Secret Drawer
I’ve thought of saving exhilarating communications like this in a special drawer somewhere. That way, whenever I need a little thrill, I could go to my secret compartment and open one. I’ve yet to do that, but one never knows. I may take a shot at it one day.
I guess the whole subject begs the question, “How much excitement does a body need?” I’ve never been much of a thrill seeker, I suppose. My idea of exhilaration is to go to Home Depot and browse the tool section. There are a lot of power tools I’d love to own, have no space to keep, and would probably never use. Still, I could usher my male companions to my tool room where we could tremble over the possibilities of wielding these potent implements in mighty acts of industrial valor. You know—doing things like building a shelf, for instance.
A close second to receiving these exciting opportunities is to go to the mailbox to discover that you’ve been elevated to the status of “preferred customer.” These don’t arrive quite as often, but they are to be cherished above all because (as you all know) image is everything. We all know this because Andre Agassi told us so. What better image could one possibly attain than that of a preferred customer?
The Opportunity of a Lifetime
In reality, the most exciting opportunity I’ve ever come across is the simple one found in Scripture. You may remember it. It’s the one where Jesus says to us, “Come, follow me.” (Mark 1:17) For us to receive this invitation is the golden opportunity of a lifetime. It means we are, first and foremost, preferred by Jesus. Why else would he extend this invitation to us? Think about it. Who do you invite to your house (or into your life, for that matter)? Only those you would prefer to have there.
In addition, the potential that lies within a life of following the Creator of the Universe is unlimited. Talk about an exciting opportunity! The possibilities are endless, and a lot more stimulating than building a shelf (although, even doing carpentry work in Jesus’ name would be fulfilling—I’m guessing his Dad taught him a thing or two about that trade).
The next time you receive an exciting opportunity in the mail, remember the One who has extended the greatest opportunity of all to you—Jesus the Christ.
[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is currently the pastor of Smith Chapel, in Great Falls, VA.]