As a band director, summer has ended. Its over. Its a double edged sword that I have come to appreciate. My schedule (which was already full enough to prevent updates) becomes a legitimate SNL skit in some sort of secretary’s nightmare. But… NFL football is starting. Evenings fill with rehearsals, sectionals, and half-time shows. But… the seasons are about to change and you can smell it on the breeze. Weekends fill with competitions and parades. But… hooded sweatshirts become a legitimate clothing option. Its all give and take. Eventually Samuel Adams’ seasonal brew, OCTOBERFEST trumps any negative opinion I have for the fall, and I eagerly await the Lions game each week.
The band is doing a show this year featuring music from the Broadway Musical RENT. We are focused on the positive message of overcoming adversity and sharing joy in this world with one another. We titled it “No Day But Today.” Its not necessarily creative, but it sends the right message. We have it posted on the doors, windows, and room walls. I’ve worked it into my pep-talks, and we even made shirts with the slogan on them.
Its a nice mantra to walk with. I’m trying to take the next step with it. Instead of just saying it, I am trying to live it. What a challenge!
“Come on, Jim, NO DAY BUT TODAY…”
…yeah, but is today REALLY the day to start running again!?!?
“NO DAY BUT TODAY…”
…eh, there IS tomorrow when it comes to cleaning the basement, or hanging the picture frames, or weed wacking my property line, or sending that letter, or writing that check, or reading my bible.
No Day But Today works for me, as long as I really mean tomorrow when I say it out loud.
I am getting better. Slowly but surely, I am taking the here and now on… saying yes, when I might have previously “gotten back” to someone.
Craig Groeschel made mention of it in his book Confessions of a Pastor when he noted how many Christians need to “pray about it” before answering a challenging request. Hilarious. I never went so far as to use prayer as the excuse. Maybe I am just not smart enough to see how foolproof that plan can be, but I WOULD maybe my way out of ANYTHING (and I have).
“Jim, are you coming to the….”
“Oh, yeah. That’s right! Probably. I’ll have to check, but I think I might.”
That equals MAYBE which equals NO.
“Jim do you think you might post on your blog this week? I am curious what you have been up to.”
“I have a few things I’ve been meaning to type about. Probably. When I get the time.”
Uhhhhh….. that was a maybe, which happens to mean NO.
“Jim, do you…”
“Jim, can you…”
“Jim, will you, could you…”
My shirt should read “No day, but some day soon to come.” Not even “tomorrow” would be fair, because I never do it the next day either.
Kym and I have worked hard lately to step up to the plate and take advantage of TODAY.
“Can we do dinner TOGETHER for once.”
“Can we pause the work at home, and go for a walk with Harper?”
“Can we afford to make some decisions in areas that we feel God is calling us, even if it is not the trendy thing to do? EVEN if it bucks the trend of maybe… later… someday… probably not!?!?!”
Organize church events. Help plan the women’s retreat. House foreign exchange students. Have people over. Visit family.
Starting to live the NO DAY BUT TODAY mantra has led to some fruitful moments, memories, conversations, and feelings. I’m not ultimately sure if we are on the road, so to speak, but I can feel that we’re heading in the right direction, and I have a pretty good idea of where we’ll land.
I’m pretty excited to return to school where we will be talking about seizing the opportunities we’ve been blessed with each and every day. It will be a great affirmation of all the things that have been going so well in the Davis house and hopefully in yours too!