1 Corinthians 15:58
When asked “What is your perfect day?” people often choose a Saturday. The day usually involves an attractive partner. Breakfast includes bacon. It is 72 degrees. They go to the beach. They play with puppies. There may be a sailboat, a sunset, and a fancy restaurant in the scenario. They listen to music and look at the stars.
When people describe their perfect day, they do not usually say anything about excelling in the work of the Lord. “Perfect” sounds like a day with no obligations, but Paul has a different idea. He thinks the best days are spent throwing ourselves into God’s work. A perfect day cannot be self-centered. The most rewarding days are not ones in which we do nothing that matters. On the best days, parents parent, teachers teach, students learn, writers write, and painters paint.
Ray Bradbury writes, “Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”
Our culture tries to elevate the dreams made in factories. Advertisers push the hedonism paid for by industrialists. What they sell as happiness is trivial.
Paul suggests that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. Live with different priorities. Pay attention to those around you. Help the needy. Give to the poor. Share your time.
We experience genuine wonder when we make real sacrifices for those in need. The perfect day is spent living with God’s love. The best days are spent caring for God’s people. The work of the Lord is loving people who are not often noticed, too messed up to say thank you, and difficult to be around.
Enjoy your Saturday, because every day is fantastic when we open our hearts to the presence of God.
What is your perfect day?
God, help me live this day as though it matters. Amen.