Monday, January 6, 2014

Make Every Day "An Event"

Good morning, y'all!  I hope your week is off to a great start.  It's the last day of winter break for me, which will consist of some reading/relaxing, cleaning, and getting a head-start on pulling some data for my teachers.  Fun times!

Yesterday morning, I was trying to wake Joe up for church, which involved the following exchange:
Me: "Do you want to go to church with me?"
Joe: "I kind of want to stay in bed."
Me: "Come on, it's the first Sunday of the new year!  We should go!"
Joe: "I like how you always try to make an event out of everything."
Me: "But it IS an event!  Every day is an event; we're alive!  That's reason enough to celebrate."
Joe then wound up getting out of bed and coming to church with me.

He's right, I do try to make an event out of everything.  During our first year of marriage, I'd recognize each of our month anniversaries.  I always recognize the first or last _____ of the year.  Half-birthday celebrations and birthday countdowns are regular occurrences for me.

Quite honestly, though, I have no idea where that last thing I said came from.  I've never really thought about each day that we are alive being "an event," but, the more I thought about it, the more that I pray that I live every day with that mindset!

You see, as much as we may not want to acknowledge it, tomorrow isn't guaranteed for us.  Here is what James 4:13-15 says:
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If tomorrow isn't guaranteed, then why shouldn't we live every day like it's a special event?  We get so wrapped up about what is coming up in the future that we often neglect today.  So today, and every day, here's my challenge for you:

  • Praise God for today.  He gave us the gift of life today, so start it off by giving thanks to the Creator for this special day.
  • Be PRESENT in the present.  Enjoy the event you are living right now!  Do whatever you need to do to be present in today.  Whether that's unplugging for a while, making time to share a meal with your loved ones, or just reflecting on the day, do it.
  • Leave tomorrow for tomorrow. Matthew 6:34 says "So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow bring its own worries.  Today's trouble is enough for today."  We can't enjoy the event of today is tomorrow is all we're thinking about
  • Find something to celebrate each and every day.  You'll never get this day back.  Today is the only January 6, 2014 of your life.  So, do something that will make you look back and smile for the event it is.
My prayer for you is that we will live each day like it is a special event.  We can't get today back, and tomorrow isn't guaranteed, so just thank God that you are alive to see today and make it worth it!

Question for you: How is today "an event" in your life?
I'm thankful that I have one more day before school gets back into gear!  I'm going to enjoy doing my chores because I have the time and the patience to do them today.

1 comment:

  1. This is an amazing post! My fifth grade teacher would always say "Guess what today is? It's the one and only Month, Day 1995!" How true! (even though it was annoying at the time!) This day only happens once, you SHOULD make an event of it. Being in the present and not yearning for what is ahead is so hard for me, but I'm making an honest effort of it! :)