When I was younger, any day out of school was worth celebrating. The longer the break, the better the holiday placing Christmas and Thanksgiving at the top of my list. Yet, holidays are meant for reflection, appreciating or thanking those from history who has made a lasting legacy. If these special days pass without any remembrance, the purpose of holidays are wasted.
“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you,” Deuteronomy 5:16.
In recent times, entire months are devoted to a cause. Whether its Black History, Breast Cancer Awareness or the next government sponsored movement, the calendar is running out of days. Perhaps, this over saturation has calloused hearts and numbed minds. Subsequently, America is left with so many holidays with few transformed hearts.
Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages,” 1 Timothy 5:17-18.
Maybe its time to downsize days off. As a former teacher, days off are a welcomed site to most adults. Yet, why do something just for the sake of a day off. If children are encouraged to plant trees on earth day, why not read the Bible at Christmas. Why stop there as action, practical application and integration changes lives. As we approach Memorial Day, may God move you to celebrate the reason for each season.
by Jay Mankus