Did you know that today is National Banana Cream Pie Day?
According to the most comprehensive list of unusual special days, there are 2,346 such National Days and Observances. That’s pretty good for only 365 days a year.
So today is also National Speech and Debate Education Day. National Employee Appreciation Day. National Dress in Blue Day. National Old Stuff Day.
Do you know what else today is?
“This is the day the Lord has made,” penned the Psalmist (118:24).
The late cartoonist Bill Keane who was known for his comic, The Family Circus, once quipped, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
Sadly too many people live in past regrets, wallowing in self-pity and wishing they could undo some mistake or decision they made. Of course, that’s impossible.
Others wistfully dream about some future day that will be better. When they will be able to do more. Give more. And have more time to do the things they enjoy. Yet, they miss the opportunity before them at this moment.
Happiness and the joy of living today eludes such people. Because of past problems or tragedies they think “I can never be happy again.” Or the dreamers yearn for the day when they will achieve some successful goal and then will be happy.
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature,” observed Dale Carnegie, “is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”
For others, worry is ruining today. Jesus in his famous Mountain Message admonished four times “Do not worry” (Matt 6:25-34). Don’t worry about your life. Don’t worry about your needs. And don’t worry about tomorrow. God will provide.
Instead, the Psalmist said that today you should “rejoice and be glad in it.”
Rejoice in the blessings of God. In the gift of His Son. In the privilege of prayer. In the forgiveness of sins. In his love, grace, and mercy. And in the hope of heaven.
Wherever you are, whether it is raining, snowing or the sun is shining, look around and see something good. Something for which you can be thankful. Something in which you can rejoice.
Today consider the potential and possibilities to do something positive. To make a difference. To impact your future for good. Author Les Brown wrote, “The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today.”
Today do you need to do something that you’ve been putting off? Writing a thank you note? Making a phone call of encouragement? Offering help to a struggling friend? Beginning an important project? Visiting a lonely shut-in? Asking forgiveness? Seeking counsel? Reading your Bible? Praying? Saying “I love you” to someone special?
Today consider the people in your life that bring a smile to your face. Your friends. Your family. Your spouse. Your children. Your brethren. A preacher. An elder. A mentor. Rejoice that God has put them in your life.
Today if you approach your tasks at hand faithfully, diligently and thankfully for God’s gift of life, you will be able at the end of the day to rejoice.
You might even want to celebrate by wearing something blue and eating some banana cream pie!
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman