Somebody comes up with these things. Special observances for an amazing variety of emphases or reminders or celebrations take place all the time. Some are certainly laudable: World Heart Day, Cancer Awareness Week, Ataxia Awareness Day. You have to wonder about some of the other ones:
Red Squirrel Week, Bear Necessities Month (what kind of necessities does a bear really have?), World Reflexology Week (hit yourself on the knee with a hammer), Talk Like a Pirate Day (aaaargh), National Toilet Paper Day (should be connected to Bear Necessities Month), National Sun Awareness Day (go outside and look up), Brain Awareness Day (yep, got one – need to use it more), World’s Biggest Coffee Morning (that’s what we need, more caffeine), and the list goes on. You may know of some obscure and interesting ones I haven’t hear about. Send ‘em to me: email@example.com … or not.
A day use to last 24 hours. They seem to go by faster now. The pace of life has increased for most of us. It’s hard to get everything done on this day when the next one is rushing toward us so fast.
Jesus had an interesting take on days. In the Sermon on the Mount, He was trying to teach His followers how to replace anxiety and stress with trust and faith (Matthew 6:25-33). He closed that part of His message with these words captured by Eugene Peterson in The Message: “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
Living one day at a time sounds easy but it seldom is. Time is one of those things we can’t recapture and we know we are not guaranteed any more time than right now.
So let’s establish our own day. You can name it whatever you want. How about Giving Thanks Day or Pay Attention Day or Give Grace Day or Generosity Day or Share Your Faith Day? You decide, then go live your day to the fullest.