Greetings from the Moderator SEPTEMBER 2021
A Capital Letter Day
It is real easy to feel that your life is completely unremarkable. Someone said recently: “Bleak days, bleak clothes, bleak happenings — that’s more or less the story of my life.” And the reality of life does not really help to convince you otherwise. Day by day you sit in the same traffic on your way to work, you face the same people and challenges for eight or more hours in a cramped office space and when you get back home not even the dog wags its tail when he sees you anymore.
It is easy to feel that your life is bleak, boring and irrelevant. In the movie Shirley Valentine, Shirley is struggling with this same issue. Looking out through her small kitchen window into the endless grey rain that has been falling for days she realizes that her life is the most precious thing she has and now she hates it. How sad!
As I look at the faces of people when I drive, I many times wonder; how many bleak days are slipping lifelessly through the fingers of thousands of people? Days wasted, days that later will be longed for when you sit in a nursing home or hospital and just wish that you had one more day that you can go outside and taste life again.
Do what Paul suggests to the Ephesians: Buy out the time! Take the best out of every day. Let every day count. After all, you only have one day to live at a time. Live your life one day at a time in CAPITAL LETTERS. It is your life and even though it may be somewhat unexciting it does not need to be this way. Declare today to a feast and invite a friend to celebrate it with you. Serve a feast to someone less privileged. Carry the burden of someone who’s struggling for an extra mile. Memorize your favorite chapter of the Bible, and go and tell it cheerfully to someone else. Create some energy in your relationships, smile more and reach out more to your coworkers and family.
Please don’t get caught up in the unremarkable. Not today. It’s going to steal your soul. It’s going to break you down. It’s your life live it with as much joy as you can. The choice is yours to make.