Sometimes the facts get in the way of a good story. For years a legend persisted that on July 4, 1776, the day the American colonies declared their independence from England, King George III’s diary entry read: “Nothing important happened today.” Fans of the X-Files t.v. show might even recall that the story and quote were used in an episode entitled “Nothing Important Happened Today.” Unfortunately, however, (at least for anyone who loves a good story) the legend is false. According to Arnold Hunt, the curator at the British library, King George III never kept a diary. Other investigators tell us that the quote actually was from a diary entry, but it was the diary of King Louis XVI of France from 1789.
Royal diaries aside, there is no denying that sometimes we fail to understand the significance of certain days. The fact is that something might happen during a 24-hour period, something that you initially classify as unimportant, that turns out to be one of the most important events of your life. We hear undertones of the priceless value of each day in those famous words from Moses: “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:4).
I woke up this morning with a basic plan for the day in mind. That plan was: eat breakfast, check my emails, get caught up on the news headlines, write this blog post and publish it, do a touch of office-type stuff for Oak Grove Baptist, put the finishing touches on tonight’s Wednesday night sermon, make a couple of beds, empty the dishwasher, eat lunch, take a shower, go visit an elderly church-member, and go to church and preach tonight. That’s the general plan, at least.
But who’s to say that everything will go as planned? Many days it doesn’t. Even if things do go as planned, who’s to say that something uncommonly significant won’t take place as part of it all? Maybe this simple little blog post will have a life-changing effect upon someone. Maybe my sermon tonight will speak to a church member in a powerful way and motivate them to do something the Lord wants them to do. Maybe my visit today will play some greater role that I don’t understand. We just never know, do we?
One thing we can say for sure is that the best way to live any day is to live it all-out for Jesus Christ. Even as we formulate our basic plan for each day, we should be careful to filter everything we do through Him and His will. Jesus described this as taking up your cross daily and following Him (Luke 9:23).
You see, Jesus knows how to use us in His service to make each day count the most for eternity. To paraphrase a line I once read, if we don’t give ourselves completely over to Him each day and allow Him to lead us and use us, we’re just playing “trivial pursuit” with life. Frankly, that’s what the vast majority of people in this world are out there doing right now, but don’t allow yourself to be one of them.