Weekly Feature



2017-12-20 / Lifestyles

CLERGY COLUMN

Make each day a special one
REV. ALDEN SNELL
Baptist Minister living in Clarence

Many remember the challenge from Clint Eastwood: “Make my day.” Christmas is coming in five days. Many will be busy trying to make it a special day for family, friends or some strangers. Christmas is a special day for Christians as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

In a devotional reading, I found some thoughts inviting us to make each day a special day. Special days come when we strive to have a positive influence on family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and even ourselves.

We may be able to make each day special by considering the words from Hebrews 10 in verses 23-25. As a believer in Christ, one is encouraged to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess.” Christian hope speaks of an eternal special gift of a life with God. It is a reliable hope that helps us to see the future in a positive frame of mind in which to live our lives each day.

The Scripture in Hebrews invites us to consider how we can make days special as we support “one another on toward love and good deeds.” There is a wisdom that the love of a believer in Christ Jesus places the needs of others before one’s personal needs. This does not mean we forget to take care of our personal needs. As we take care of our faith and prayer journey we uncover good deeds and ways to help others to with needs in their lives. It may be a need for food, clothing, friendship, shelter or introducing another to discover a personal relationship with Christ Jesus.

The writer of Hebrews reminds us that personally interacting with other Christians enables one’s faith to be strong and growing. In the early church there were individuals who had adopted the habit of not meeting together. I believe it is an essential help to one’s faith to speak with others following a worship experience, a Bible study or in a time of crisis. Our faith in Christ allows us to find ways to offer words of encouragement to the people around us.

An encouragement of faith came one day through Wilma Musser of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, in the American Baptist devotional “The Secret Place.” The foundation of one devotion was the Scripture verse from Matthew 10:42 where Christ Jesus says, “If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”

One day, Wilma was adding ice to the pitchers of fresh water for the nursing care residents. It came to her that day that the ice was the added ingredient that made the water special. In her reflections, Wilma shared, “To be most beneficial, the act of kindness should be offered with a special touch.” When sending a greeting card, she said beyond her signature that she could add a special note. Instead of just saying “great sermon” to her pastor, Wilma felt she could write a note saying exactly how the message encouraged or inspired me. Instead of just leaving a tip on the table, Wilma said she can smile and tell the server that she or he did a good job.

Wilma Musser ended her devotion with the question, “How can each of us give a ‘cup of cold water’ to someone today?” It may be a sharing of hope, joy, faith and love though good deeds and encouragement of the spirit of Christmas each day. May your words, presence and thoughts help others around you to make each day, a very special day.

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