How Will We Live Our Day?
“The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.” - Psalm 118:14
I’m sure you’ve seen them. Plastered across every social media platform since about March, have been messages and memes about how horrid 2020 has been and how much we’re looking forward to turning the calendar. Even if you haven’t seen them, you’ve probably heard them explained or uttered some version of it from your own lips. You may have even heard the one about how “all this started” with the full moon and turning our clocks back to begin daylight savings time - and how Hallowe’en is another big moon and we turn our clocks ahead… hoping to reset all the mess!
Well, I recently saw a social media post, it was actually a meme that went something like this: “10 10 2020 - NEVER COME AGAIN!”
Maybe it was just something funny, but I imagined that for the person posting this message, this past Saturday must have been a difficult day. A bad diagnosis? A physical injury? A heartbreaking conversation? The loss of a loved one?
I can only guess.
Whatever the circumstances, what I read was a plea and a declaration that this particular day would never darken the door of their life again.
What I also thought about was that 10 10 2020, this past Saturday, October 10, 2020, was also a splendid day. It was a day filled with joy and laughter, the culmination of years of work and preparation. It marked the binding of individuals and families together.
I had the privilege of celebrating the wedding of two separate couples on Saturday, two very different, but equally beautiful weddings. Two very different but equally beautiful couples with two very different but equally beautiful journeys that God has been walking with them on.
Each had experienced heartbreaks and struggles in their individual lives and in their lives as couples. Each was making do with a wedding in the middle of a pandemic… but each chose not to let the circumstances that surround them win. They chose to celebrate the love of God that guided them to that moment to pledge their lives and love to each other.
Each day of our lives, each date on the calendar, has a million-million stories attached to it. Memories from our lives and from the millions upon millions of people who’ve walked this earth before us. Some memories are joyful and some are tragic. Some memories bring smiles and some memories bring tears. But the choice is always ours - how will we live our day?
I want to encourage you with this pledge, today. I choose, to live today and the days that follow it, in peace, love and joy. I know it won’t be easy, but that’s my promise, that’s my pledge to you. We’ve got many days ahead, days that will be filled with many memories from the past and I’m certain, many challenging circumstances in the future, but I pledge to live those days, with you, in peace, love and joy. Because I want to make sure that our community - in worship, in small groups, around the table, around the bible, in service and everywhere in between - is a community that is marked by peace, by love and by joy.
That’s the choice I’m making, and it’s the choice I’m inviting you to make today, tomorrow, and every day following.
Welcoming YOU to Grow in Jesus,