Glimpses of Grace and Truth...“Today is a good day to have a good day.” When a church member said this a few weeks back, I began thinking about our need to make every day a good day, and came up with a few ideas to make our day a good day.
First, notice the good God has already dropped into your day. As the Psalmist reminded God’s people long ago, and Ms. Dell reminded us every Sunday, “This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). Recalling how miraculous it is that I can see well enough to read, to hear well enough to comprehend and understand well enough to grasp,
(plus the innumerable miracles within and around us every hour of the day), there is so much good to this day and this moment. We should pay more attention to the good that God has dropped into every day. Even on days when rain dampens my shoes, it doesn’t dampen my spirit so much that I shouldn’t still say, “Every day is a good day. Sometimes the weather is bad, but every day is a good day.”
Second, we find the good in relationships...Sometime back, a friend was describing how marriage changed his life, saying, “I didn’t know what happiness was until I got married.” I liked his sentence so much that I was trying to memorize it to say later to my wife, I almost missed his surprise ending of his sentence. This was how he actually said it, “I didn’t know what happiness was until I got married...but then it was too late.” As I thought about how I could steal his words to use on my wife (but skipping the last part), he made clear that he was joking. We then discussed how we should be more intentional about seeing all the good in relationships not only with our spouse, but with our kids, parents, coworkers, neighbors and longtime friends.
Our responsibility to make days good...Any day becomes better when God’s people make it good by doing some good. When we as the Church neglect our role, and our response-ability, to do good, the world in a spiritual sense is a little less good. In 1943, Dietrich Bonhoeffer gave what he felt was the primary reason that the Church sat back as Hitler seized absolute power. His firm answer: “It was the teaching of cheap grace.” He described “cheap grace” as anything the Church does to foster “forgiveness without repentance, baptism without discipline, communion without confession,” then concluded “cheap grace is grace without discipleship...without the cross...without Jesus.” A fellow pastor recently said, “We live in a time and culture that not only teaches cheap grace but praises it.” Every day that any of us as the Church act like a Christian’s only job is show up for an hour on Sunday mornings (or at least 1-2 Sundays a month), maybe drop a few dollars into the plate, is a day that we have neglected our responsibility.
To do some good, we must “show up” in a different way, the way God’s people show up to do good every day of the week. We show up on Sundays not because of the preacher or the music, but because we are responding to the goodness God has poured into our lives. We show up because we want to worship this good and gracious God; because we want others to know God’s goodness and love for them, and because we want to put some good into other's lives. So remember “Today is a good day to have a good day.”
We’ll see you as we all show up this Sunday (and every day) for good: Ed, Will and the First UMC Family