One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. Romans 14:5-6 NIV
Pam and I are feeling especially blessed on this, her birthday, March 17. For the last two days we have been celebrating with all of our children (Jessica will be here Sunday) and with my mom and dad the Grand Opening of Chick Fil A in Corinth, Mississippi for David and Elizabeth. Today, Pam and I placed the first order and spent the first dollar for their store as they opened the doors at 6:30 a.m.
As I am typing our children and Pam are serving, cleaning, greeting guests, and helping the new employees on this first Grand Opening day. Pam is definitely in her element serving on her birthday.
Celebrating Birthdays, anniversaries or other special days are important to some people and not important to others…which is right? Paul says that honoring days as special relates to a conviction of giving thanks to the Lord. The stress is not on the event of a birthday or anniversary, rather how we give thanks to God for the day. The focus shifts to God’s gracious involvement in making the day available.
How do you give God thanks for your special days? How do you integrate God’s faithfulness for the special day?
- Seek God by asking wisdom for the planning of the event. This would include asking God to give His input for the big details of when to make it happen as well as the minor details of how many plates and cups.
- Invite God’s presence to be a part of the event. During our prayer time over our food, we learned from a friend to invite Jesus to our table conversations.
- Speak and share thanksgiving to God. Feeling thankful and grateful is meaningful, speaking thanksgiving from the heart influences the environment.
- Let your convictions be established from God’s promises
Now, I can hear you saying, “Greg, that’s easy for you to say. All of those things are easy for you and Pam.” Let me give you the rest of the story.
A stomach virus has been hovering around my son’s (David) home for the last 3 weeks. The last 2 days, I got it and was limping along in the lowest default mode with a low grade fever. I guess I passed it along to Pam, who is sick on her birthday. Mine was basically a 24 hour virus.
You see, when your convictions are established in God’s unchanging word, they hold true through the storms. Grab some of God’s immutable characteristics, and hang on.
- He promises never to leave us, nor forsake us (even when you feel like crap).
- His compassions are new every morning (thankful I don’t feel like I did yesterday).
- His steadfast love never changes.
- He is a good, good Father.
- Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Even when we are throwing up, His mercies, they fail not.
Our verse today reminds us to establish convictions that carry you through the times when questioning begins. When things don’t go the way you planned, your heart remains focused on thanksgiving. When life gets turned upside down, by faith you walk in the direction of God’s goodness. When the world screams in pain, the peace of God remains steadfast.
On this Thinking on Thursday, dig some holes in your mind to cement in some of God’s promises grounded in His character. Don’t flow down the path of least resistance (grumbling and complaining). Stand firm and give thanks to God.
Blessings Love y’all