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Chaplain: Making a Memorable Day

By Allen Teal, Chaplain

So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. (Joshua 10:13b, KJV)

Like every month, June has special days. Some are silly, but a few are important. June 6 is D-Day. June 14 is Flag Day. The summer solstice will mark the beginning of summer at 10:31 p.m. on Father’s Day, June 20. The length of that day will be 14 hours, 48 minutes and 43 seconds in the Midwestern United States. If you choose, each day can become your personal special day.

Make each day special.

As Joshua led Israel against the enemy, he needed more time. God granted enough daylight to win the victory. That day became a day to remember. We do not need a major miracle to make a day special. For many, just waking up makes the day important. Getting a long-overdue project completed can mark a day as memorable.

Find a reason to laugh.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine (Proverbs 17:22a, KJV). Life can sometimes be challenging. People can easily let too much dignity root out pleasure. Taking the time to laugh at the antics of a child or at the irony of a situation can lift your spirits and brighten the day or even a whole week.

Give someone else a reason to remember the day.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (Galatians 6:9, KJV). A bad experience or hard times can put a dent in our generosity to others. You do not have to help someone move or give them money in order to be generous. Finding a way to share your joy or listen to their story can have an impact.

I recall a time when God spoke to my heart to give a young minister a few dollars. After pressing the money into his hand, his face brightened an amount that far outstripped the size of the gift. Later, I learned that in his economy what I regarded as a small gift was equal to a week’s wages. It does not always take a lot from you to mean a lot to others.

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