Life is full of invitations. There are birthday invitations, wedding invitations, dinner invitations, grand opening invitations, party invitations, anniversary invitations, invitations to participate in a myriad of activities. The list is endless. Some invitations you decline, others you accept. Many of us keep our invitations on the refrigerator, held up by magnets. Everyone likes to be invited. No one likes to feel left out, alone. It was sad to me in the last years of my parents’ lives, their refrigerator that was once filled with invitations to parties and weddings, was filled with little cards reminding them of doctors’ appointments.The invitations had dried up, but my parents never felt sad or alone. Years before, they had said yes to the greatest invitation. Jesus had invited them to follow Him, and they said yes. It was the yes to Jesus’ invitation that sustained them, held them, gave them hope, and filled their lives with joy when all the other invitations had come or gone. Have you said yes to the greatest invitation? If you are tired and stressed and out of sorts and having a come apart today because life has become hard and difficult, remember this beautiful invitation from Jesus, who said, “Come unto me all you who are weary and overburdened and I will give you rest.” Open your heart to God today and say yes to His invitation.
– Dr. Tim Thompson