Nearly missing this holiday made me fearful that I might overlook other important and meaningful days. So I did a little research and found out that August is chockful of stupid and meaningless celebrations. I have to confess that I have already missed a couple of vital August events. Last Friday was National Lazy Day. I went back and checked my calendar for that day and I am pretty sure that I celebrated appropriately. Two days later I somehow overlooked Middle Child’s Day. So to beloved middle son Scott, forgive me. But I guess the middle child is used to disappointments like that. August 13th was Blame Somebody Else Day. Not sure what the card and gift potential for that day might be. A touching little ode to incompetence might be appreciated.
Roses are red
Violets are blue
The project would have worked
If not for you!
The verse above could also be used on Bad Poetry Day (August 18th). Other events to look forward to include National Sponge Cake Day (August 23rd) and National Toasted Marshmallow Day (August 30th). I am not making this up. If you read this too late to buy a lovely gift for True Love Forever Day you have an upcoming chance to recover on Kiss and Make-Up Day on August 25th.
I am anxious for September and the dawning of Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month.
I am not sure how you can create or nominate a recognized day, week or month. But I do have some ideas for followers of Jesus. Add to these to your calendar free of charge.
Extending Grace Week – Christians would actually extend grace during this week instead of just talking about it.
Sacrifice Ridiculous Excesses Month – Sending the money we would spend that month on venti mocha no foam lattes to missions.
Actually Take Jesus to Work Day – Spend one day behaving and responding as if Jesus was really there. Oh wait, He is. Well act like it.
Pray During Rush Hour Day – Using the time caught on the freeways to talk to God instead of cursing the poor guy who stalled or had an accident and inconvencied you.
Represent Christ Not Just By My T-Shirt Slogans Day – Remember that every word, action and reaction reflect on the Lord that the shirt proclaims has changed my life.
Don’t Forget God’s True Love is Forever Day – What do you get the Lord of the Universe on this special day? I suspect He would be delighted with a little of my time.
Showing We Are Christians By Our Love Week – I thought about making it a month. Baby steps. Meditate on these words to get you started.
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. (1 John 3, NLT)
Ouch. Allow me to proclaim this as Read God’s Word and Be Convicted of My Own Selfishness Day. You are welcome to join me.
Dave Burchett is an Emmy Award winning television sports director, author, and Christian speaker. He is the author of When Bad Christians Happen to Good People and Bring'em Back Alive: A Healing Plan for those Wounded by the Church. You can reply by linking through daveburchett.com