Wednesday, February 29, 2012


We often lament that there is not enough time in a day. "If only a day had more than 24 hours, I might get it all done," is something we have heard, or maybe even said. Well, suppose for a moment we had an extra day! Maybe you are like me wondering if an extra day would really make any difference. Would it be used differently than any other "Un-extra" day? Would it be like a make-up day, enabling us to finally do something impossible like catching up?
Well, since today is February 29, it could be viewed as an extra day. Instead of the usual 365 days, 2012 gives us 366 days. We can simply call it a leap year which keeps the calendar in order, or we could view it as the gift of an extra day. I have been wondering all day how life might be different if we had gotten up this morning thinking that this Wednesday was extra, a bonus, something not given as a part of the ordinary.
Ephesians 5:16 calls us to live, "...making the most of the time..." Surely, such a word would apply to extra days. Maybe you haven't thought about it. Maybe as you read this, Feb. 29 has come and gone. Still, it is not too late to live as if God has given an extra day to live purposefully. Is there anything extra we might do to show appreciation to the Creator? Maybe it could be a note to a not often contacted friend, or a kind act that is unexpected, or a few more minutes with the Word in our hands, or some extra time on our knees. There is a lot of ordinary stuff we could do to make this a really extraordinary day!

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