The First Friday
Arranging our calendar
January 4th, 2019
I’ve come to the conclusion that today is a special day, it is such a shame that we don’t celebrate today as any particular historical event, but it remains a day to be celebrated, nonetheless.
With the holidays just past, I am fairly sure that most of us wouldn’t consider adding yet another holiday so soon after New Year’s. Most of us a worn out, financially weathered, and emotionally drained from all that Yule Tide hustle and bustle.
This celebration should be a festival not filled with copious volumes of food, treats, gifts, and the pressure that comes with some of the holidays we celebrate. It seems that from Halloween through New Year’s we’ve managed to put the pressure on our lives and the lives of those around us year after year, increasing stress and strain for events and times that should have been filled with Joy and peace, altering what should have been happy times into a period of gluttony and expectation beyond our means.
Instead, let me propose this anti-holiday that celebrates joy and peace. Let’s intentionally avoid excessive anything and instead of artificially raising expectations lets fuel it with anticipation.
On top of all of this, let’s take it and make it a celebration that lasts all year long! As it will not require a financial commitment, it doesn’t necessitate taking time off from our labors, it doesn’t need the gathering of crowds or parades. It only requires a change in our hearts.
A change that is permanent and enduring.
Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8 CSB
God’s filled us in on what it requires to live good holy lives. Just weeks ago, we celebrated the coming of his Son the Messiah to free us from the debt of sin and despair. Why then after the clutter has settled, do we need a rest from our recognition of the greatest gift ever given.
“Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to things of old. Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (CSB)
Today and every day is the day that we should place our trust and hope in God’s provision for our lives and look forward to what he is doing in us and for us, looking ahead. Not remembering the trials of our past but clinging to the future filled with the hope of his grace sustaining and keeping us till he calls us home.
Not only surviving the time we have here but richly savoring our efforts in his service and worship.
Just how might we do that? There are so many pitfalls and snares along the way that at times we are overwhelmed. But there is a transformation available to us.
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 (CSB)
We have a choice, today and every single day, to live lives that are victorious and thriving in the love and grace of Jesus or defeated and reeling from the onslaughts of the enemy. As a matter of fact, it isn’t just our opportunity to live in this way, but our responsibility to live in this way.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
Matthew 6:33 (CSB)
This first Friday, and every day after today through till the first Friday of next year, then do it again. Maintain this attitude and perspective when things don’t go our way. Maintain this perspective when problems enter into our path. Maintain this mindset constantly till Christ Jesus appoints a time for us to return with him to the place he’s gone to prepare for us.
Let’s establish this anti-holiday today, The First Friday, and carry that celebration throughout the time we remain imprisoned in this flesh. The flesh that handicaps us, which Jesus has purchased our freedom from. It’s only a short while and it would be a shame to spend that brief time agonizing over what we may have thought should have been, or could have been; because we know what it will be, and what we will be when we are safely in his kingdom.
All the while…
Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (CSB)
This celebration I propose to you today, is precisely the will of Christ Jesus for you, me, and everyone who are his disciple. Go, let your light so shine that they will all know!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 (CSB)
Happy First Friday!
In His Grace!