December 18 – The Ordinary Days
Sometimes I find myself reading the “On This Day” in Wikipedia, and I enjoy apps like TimeHop and checking out my Facebook memories daily. Not all of our days seem special, but in hindsight, isn’t interesting that all of these “ordinary” days are actually quite special? Maybe it was something funny that one of my daughters said at dinner or a flashback to a sweet date night with my husband before we became a family of six. Maybe it’s an image of a little one’s birthday party or a scene from a family hiking trip.
At the time, while we are living these days, they seem so ordinary, so mundane, but all of these mundane moments and ordinary days become our lives, and our lives are so short and precious that it would be such a shame to race through these days, tossing them off as “ordinary,” unimportant days.
As I mentioned in a previous post, it is so important to slow down and live each day like it matters, and not just see them as the “filler” between each holiday event. And to race through each wee is almost second-nature. It takes intention and determination to grab the reigns and slow the pace of life for ourselves.
I read Wikipedia today, December 18th, and to me, it was just a no-big-deal, ordinary day, but history tells a different story… I looked at the important events that had taken place over the course of generations, and the births of people that would change the face of humanity – for better and for worse. For us, each day may be just another, boring day, but in another place, in another’s life…it has the potential to be the most remarkable day in history.
I often read the book of Ecclesiastes, mostly because it perplexes me. It makes me think. For the longest time, I thought I was missing something (maybe I still am), and I tried to understand how and why I was supposed to adopt this “everything is meaningless” kind of mentality. Why would God have me do such a thing, especially when it seems like He would want me to live as though the opposite is true? Every thing, every person, and every day is full of meaning and purpose. Maybe that’s the actual point of the book? Maybe He wants us to see the fruitlessness that comes from living as though nothing matters and we’re just taking up space and time?
I do that as a mom, sometimes. I’ll say things to my children like, “Sure. Don’t wear your coat. Then, you can freeze, and catch a cold, and we’ll have to get some icky medicine. It’ll be great! Who wants to be healthy on Christmas, anyway?!” And as children, my sarcasm is lost on them, but God’s sarcasm is not lost on me. In fact, I hold dear to David’s prayer in the Psalms:
So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
– Psalm 90:12
Yes, Lord. Teach us to number our days, so that we may live these precious days wisely. Thank you for these ordinary days and mundane moments, and thank you for giving your all so that we could abundantly live in each one of them.
Klover House Christmas:
Last night, my husband and I made plans for the rest of this week. We don’t want to miss out on opportunities to fulfill our Christmas wishlist, as far as things we hope to do as a family before Christmas Day. You won’t find events or parties on this list. Instead, you’ll find items, such as:
- Make a gingerbread house
- See the Christmas lights
- Make sugar cookies
- Visit Santa at the mall
- Attend Church services
- Read the Christmas story
We checked “Watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” off the other night, and, despite neither of us feeling well, it felt so good to belly-laugh together.
What is on your list this week? What is going to make you smile, laugh, and feel thankful to be alive? It’s these little moments that make our holidays (and our lives) extraordinary.