Last Monday evening, I sat down to watch the weather hoping to see what it would be like for the next few days. The meteorologist briefly mentioned the weather for Tuesday thru Thursday, but spent the majority of the time talking about the upcoming weekend. It was still four days away, but the main focus of the weather report was the conditions for Saturday and Sunday. The forecast for the week was brief, but the forecast for the weekend took several minutes.
As I thought about this, I realized we live in a culture that lives for the weekend. We endure Monday thru Friday afternoon, but we really want it to be Friday at 5p.m. thru Sunday night. There was even a popular song when I was a teenager (I’m dating myself!) called “Working for the Weekend”. The song reflected the truth that everyone is working during the week so they can enjoy the weekend. Let’s trudge through the week so we can enjoy the weekend!
I understand this mentality. The weekend lies full of promise of fun activities, enjoyable hobbies, dinners out with friends and family, and the freedom to set our own schedule. Our employer dictates most of our schedule during the week, but the weekend is ours to control and enjoy! Yet, a mentality of living for the weekend, robs us of the enjoyment of the days that don’t fall on Saturday or Sunday.
Each day is a gift given to us by God. Every single day is a day we have to love, enjoy and savor the presence of friends and family. Each day is an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature, the simple moments of grace and beauty, and the opportunity to lessen the burdens of our neighbor. Each day is a chance to reflect the love, kindness and compassion of Christ to a world, town and community that needs to see Him living in us.
I hope you enjoy the weekends. Time spent playing, enjoying our hobbies and setting our schedules is fun and a blessing. But don’t overlook the other days or take them for granted. God is the giver of each day. Each day is a gift from Him to us to savor, enjoy and use for His glory and purpose. This week, live for the day ahead. At the end of the week, you will look back and see God present in each one as you lived in the moment for Him each day.
Enjoy every day! They are God’s gift to you. Live well and love deep.