Yesterday afternoon I went to a holiday party for the volunteers of the Miss Connecticut Pageant. It was a nice affair. There was music, hors d'ouerves and lots of entertainment.
several of the ladies who have participated in recent pageants performed music selections and dance routines. Three of the ladies even wore the crown of Miss Connecticut in their day, including the current Miss Connecticut, Ashley Glenn.
As I left the party I started thinking about the Organization and all the good people who make it run so smoothly. I remember talking with one gentleman who has been involved for over forty years. He said he loves it because it builds self esteem in the participants and promotes scholarship. The Connecticut Pageant alone gives away tens of thousands of dollars in college scholarships and claims a long list of very successful women in their ranks. He was happy to report that he got involved when that wasn't even happening as much in the schools.
I thought about my involvement and how a simple invitation started it all. Then I chuckled as I thought about the fact that it happened the same way for my faith life. An invitation from a friend is the way that most of the significant events in our lives begin. Someone who we know asks us to join them for something.
It made me think about how important it is for us to be inviting our friends to worship on Sunday. It can be the start of something wonderful for them. So what are you waiting for?