By Guest Columnist John Vaughn, Pastor, Cross Roads Baptist Church
There will be several important days in the month of May. Armed Forces Day is in May, as is Memorial Day. All of our local schools will have graduations in May, which will be an important day to those students who are graduating, as well as their parents. One special day that always falls in May, which is often overlooked, is the National Day of Prayer. It is always on the first Thursday of May, which this year is May 5. This year more than ever, we need to pray for our country. Probably the most important special day in May is Mother’s Day on May 8.
You may not realize it, but every day in May has been designated as a special observance day. That is actually true of every day of every month! These special days are not actually holidays, but rather a day set aside to commemorate something. Most of these days were designated as special days because someone or some group thought it would be important to remember something special on that day.
A lot of the days have been designated as the day to honor a certain food. For example, during the month of May, we will have National Lemonade Day, Coconut Cream Pie Day, National Shrimp Day, Nutty Fudge Day, National Apple Pie Day, Fruit Cocktail Day, Buttermilk Biscuit Day, National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, National Barbecue Day, National Cherry Cobbler Day, Walnut Day, National Devil’s Food Cake Day, National Blueberry Cheesecake Day, Hamburger Day, and Pizza Party Day. If your favorite food does not have a special day in May, you can always enjoy it on National Eat What You Want Day!
Other days are designated to honor various groups of people. For example, during May we will have National Brothers and Sisters Day, National Teachers Day, National Astronaut Day, Nurses Day, Receptionists Day, International Family Day, Peace Officers Memorial Day, and Do Something for Your Neighbor Day.
Then there are some special day designations that are unusual, like National No Pants Day, Lost Sock Memorial Day, National Clean Up Your Room Day, Dance Like a Chicken Day, Lucky Penny Day, Paper Airplane Day, and Barber Mental Health Day. And, lest I forget, May 4th is Stars Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you!)
There are a lot of Biblical references to days, as well. God did all of the work of creation in six days, and on the seventh day, He rested. Psalm 90:12 reminds us that our days on earth are numbered. That being the case, Jesus instructed us to make the most of every day in serving Him. He said in John 9:4, “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming when no one can work.”
In Ephesians 5:15-17, Paul challenges us with these words, “Be careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
Paul was right. Our days are evil, but his words to the Corinthian Church are encouraging, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal!”