For millennia, humans have marked and celebrated dates on calendars. The Aztecs, the Egyptians, the Romans, the Inuit, the Mayans, the Babylonians, and the Chinese – all had calendars with specific dates of significance.
Today is the last day of 2017. For the most part, it is otherwise unremarkable. We could remember that Edison first demonstrated the incandescent lamp in this day in 1879. Or that Ellis Island opened as an immigration depot in 1897. In 1966, the Monkee’s hit song “I’m a Believer” hit #1 on the chart and stayed there 7 weeks. The final day of Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes comic strip was December 31st, 1995.
But today is just another day. Tomorrow, God willing, another day will break. What is significant about today is it another day the Lord has made. It is a gift to us; a full 24 hours of the most precious commodity on the planet: time. I am reminded to spend it wisely.
Around late December in recent years, I looked back over the previous 12 months to reflect on the events, the accomplishment, the losses/gains, and – mostly – to remember and thank God for the indelible marks He made on my life during year.
The historic notes in paragraph two of this post noted these significant yet general developments:
We were introduced to a new kind of light (1879). God’s light came long before.
A place opened in the U.S. (1897) to welcome sojourners, aliens, refugees. God did it first.
The pronouncement that we are believers (1966) is a liberty not afforded to all of the world’s citizens. God liberates and frees us spiritually, and often physically and materially. Gifts worth celebrating daily.
For many of us, the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes was a daily reminder that
- we should have fun and pursue great adventures, especially if we see that…
- best friends are one of God’s greatest gifts
- we will screw things up and exasperate others, but…
- we will be forgiven if we humbly ask, and
- we shouldn’t take life or ourselves too seriously.
May the new year bring you more awesome memories, a deeper realization that God is always near you, and clarity to see life isn’t about controlling, managing, planning and remediating; it is for fully experiencing a grand adventure with the Creator of it all, one day at a time. Remember, some days the adventure may look a lot like a Calvin & Hobbes comic strip.