Sitting at the living room of a friend in London, I was listening to the Sky News on the world leaders’ meeting on Climate Change. The leaders of the world are thinking of how to help our world. They came to realize that climate is a serious factor the world must face. These leaders are thinking about better future for all. According to President Obama that said ‘we should make the world a better place for humanity today and future.’ As these leaders are meeting and thinking about climate change; individually we should hold meeting with our beings about our calendar change. Politically the calendar of the world is changed with the trend of terrorist attack in different parts of the globe. There is the calendar change as it comes to the culture of each ethnicity. The calendar change affects our relationship as couples; different things are defining us today. The contention between the ages past, the present and the ones to come is bringing a conflux of ideas that left ideologists helpless. We can’t but be amazed at the rate things are and the changes that is coming into our world. This is urging me to ask why this calendar change first, and secondarily where is the control? Calendar is a human concept, since God is infinite and inhabits eternity; calendar is nevertheless a gift of His divine agency. Without God there wouldn’t be man, and without eternity there wouldn’t be Calendar. Solomon reiterates the purpose of calendar; that He made all things beautiful in His time Ecc. 3:11. From this text we can see that Calendar was spoken into existence to make all things as He wills. Genesis informed us that in the beginning God ‘created.’ And at some point in the future God will again speak, and calendar shall be no more. So Solomon adds, “I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him Ecc. 3:14. There is change in calendar because men don’t fear God. The next question we may ask is what is man’s role in calendar change? To this McCheyne responded that ‘my heart must break off from all these things. What right have I to steal and abuse my Master’s time? It shows from this statement that author of calendar is God. The calendar change we are currently experiencing is because of defiant nature of man in knowing the author. Paul the apostle reiterated in Eph. 5:15-16 that our calendars must be redeemed, as the days are evil according to happenings. Redemption of this calendar is best illustrated with the picture of marketing. Your calendar is displayed in the market square of life; and it is being put up for auction. There are many bidders that want to buy your calendar for useless stuff. You must “redeem” it; buy it for yourself, in order that you may put it into service for the King. Calendar gives 168 hours in a week. The usage of our calendar is the cause of its change. As the year 2015 is at the last month of its existence, how much have you contributed to the ‘calendar change’ in our planet? Thomas H. Stebbins notes that “Whether our name is Billy Graham or … John Doe, each of us receives an equal allotment of 168 hours per week. The difference is in how we spend it. None of us would throw away bits of money, dimes, nickels, and pennies, but all of us are guilty of throwing away five minutes here or a quarter of an hour there in our ordinary day. The year 2015 will soon expire. The question is what can we show as achievement for all the past? What do we do with the few days left? As the world leaders are trying to redeem the climate change, we should equally think on how we redeem the calendar change of ‘our world’. Adapting from the six principles suggested by the Thomas H. Stebbins to redeeming our time, I like to draw some ideas of what to do with our calendar. The first is to define our goals in life. The goals should cover our life, family, carrier, finances and spiritual. The goals can be long or short range. Next on the list is to pursue your priority. It is all too easy to let the urgent crowd out the important, and the important the imperative, until the important and the imperative are postponed or omitted altogether. The only way out is a plan. Another thing we must focus is utilizing your waiting. A University of Wisconsin analysis shows that the average person spends three years of his lifetime just waiting. A Gallup sample of a hundred people selected at random indicated that every one of them expected to do some waiting in the next few hours, yet only one in eight had any plan to utilize the waiting time constructively. The important point that is costly to miss is discerning God’s time. The space of time that you have can be used for fruitful seasons that can help you achieve great things for others and yourself. Next to this is to develop the attitude of delegating some work to others. Do the ones that are valuable for the time and eternity. Let others do what they can to save you redemption of the calendar. Finally take time out; in addition to time for quiet meditation and prayer, we need time for rest and recreation. A mature person refuses to become a slave to his work…. Even a Puritan pastor, Benjamin Colman, back in 1707, when leisure was considered a luxury, wrote, “We daily need some respite and diversion, without which we dull our powers. It spoils the bow to always keep it bent.” In conclusion we can say calendar change can be corrected if we use it for the purpose of our creation, anything otherwise is dangerous.
Listening to the News today; the terrorist attack in Paris, Mali and some other parts of the world, we may wonder if there is any reason why we must praise God. In 1997 Fortune magazine said Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft, was the richest American in history, with personal wealth of some $35 billion. According to Carey Goldberg in the New York Times, in February of 1997 Mr. Gates spoke to 1,500 people in Seattle at the annual convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
After Mr. Gates’ speech, Dr. John Cantwell Kiley, a medical doctor with a Ph.D. in philosophy, stood up and asked a question. If Bill Gates were blind, Kiley asked, would he trade all of his billions to have his sight restored the reply of Bill Gates shows where true value lies. He said that he would trade all his money for his sight, and then he offered his e-mail address for further discussion.
If we have nothing else, but our sight, our hearing, our mobility, our hands and fingers—our health, we have much to be grateful for, because they are a priceless gift from God. Praise and thanksgiving is a season we should create a culture that elevates us to higher level where we can paralyze the power of the evil one in our world. There was a story that says “An eagle does not fight the snake on the ground. It picks it up high into the sky and changes the battleground, and then it releases the snake into the sky. The snake has no stamina, no power and no balance in the air. It is useless, weak and vulnerable unlike on the ground where it is powerful wise and deadly.” So as a child of god, take your fight into the spiritual realm, the heavenly realm, where Christ is seated at the right hand of Glory. Take your fight into the spiritual realm by praising God; this leads you to a higher realm and there prepare a new culture for better launching. In the culture of praise we are opened to the significance of who the Lord is. In Thanksgiving our attention is drawn to the significance of His many names in Scripture. We start with “Jehovah” (“the everlasting,” “the self-existing one”) and “Elohim” (“absolute in faithfulness,” “infinite in power”), and praise Him for what these names indicate.
As we come around the table breaking bread; dinning with family, eating turkey and enjoying delicacies; let us be singing to Him in our heart with full attention. If our attention is captured, it should not be a day’s affair, to be stored on the shelf till another year’s thanksgiving ceremony. Thanksgiving is valued most in realm of the Spirit by walking upright before the Lord.
Finally let’s give up the culture of always asking and greatly receiving to creating a culture that praises Him. It is good as we enthusiastically repeat verses that encourages us to make requests of God like Mat.7:7-11; Mat. 21:22. Again passages like Phil.4:19 that assure us He’ll supply all of our needs and “freely give us all things” is easily memorialized. We can as well learn from the psalmist in always praising His name.
As we celebrate thanksgiving this week, let us learn to be excited when thanking our loving, sovereign Lord who redeems us, forgives us, provides eternal life. This is the Lord that pours His blessings upon us on daily basis without fail. Let’s not be guilty of what may be the greatest sin of all: indifference and ingratitude toward almighty God. Happy thanksgiving.