Last week my son was at summer camp. There were lots of activities to participate in, and he was excited about many of them. But he is also very competitive, so that means he signed up for some tournaments. His team lost the 3 on 3 basketball tournament, and he did okay in another one, but he was most disappointed because he missed the third one.
Not only did he miss the third tournament, but he thought it was the tournament he had the best chance of winning. I asked why he missed it, and he said he was busy doing something else and didn't know what time it was. Either way, the person he was supposed to play in the first round won by forfeit.
Forfeit is an interesting word because one of the meanings is: lost or surrendered as a penalty for wrongdoing or neglect. That got me thinking this morning about losing and surrendering because of wrongdoing or neglect in the Christian life. Yesterday we continued our preaching series through Hebrews, and Hebrews 2:1-3 reminds us that we can lose our way if we fall prey to neglect or even the casual drifting.
I wonder how many opportunities to witness or serve others I have missed just because I surrendered or neglected the chance? What about you? Let's be found faithful when we meet Jesus, and let's not have to admit that we forfeited because of neglect!