With everyone and everything getting a “National Day”, I thought it was deserved to have a National Mennonite Day. In January alone there are ridiculous days for: Hangover Day, Bloody Mary Day, Chocolate Covered Cherry Day, Drinking Straw Day, etc etc. I don’t know who promotes these ideas or how they get established. I assume that someone makes the first step in “declaring it”. Maybe someone will read this and know how to take it to the next step. Do we contact a Senator?
Here is my declaration: I am nominating January 31st (the death date of Menno Simons) as “The National Day of Mennonites”. We don’t know his birthdate so I went with his death date instead.
If you know what to do next, please let us all know. Maybe someday the mail will stop and the banks will be closed. We could get a day off from school and work. Mennonite Schools should definitely be closed to honor the day!
I did my duty. Now do yours. Write letters. Protest. Make T-shirts and wear them to conference. Make banners to hang at your church. Everyone should be able to enjoy a National Day of Mennonites. There could be sales but wait…Mennonites don’t spend money. Oh well, we’ll think of something!
It’s a brand new year…again. Time to set goals and to reflect on the past year. My encouragement for this year is “Don’t believe the lies”. We all battle the attacks of the enemy in some way. For some we may be too fat. For some we may be too old (or too young). For others we may be worthless or without talent. I’ve said it before that I battle with “Failure”. Here’s my example today:
I’ve been playing the stupid (I call it stupid because it is very addicting!) game of ‘2 Dots’ on my phone. I hit a level that I couldn’t pass. Immediately I began to believe that I wasn’t good at the game and that I was a failure because I couldn’t pass one level. God pointed out to me (as a lesson) that I was battling over level 775. “If you are not good at this game, how could you have won 774 games before this level?” Good point I said. “Remember when you got frustrated at level 50 and you quit and deleted the app only to download it again the next day start over?” Yes I said and I now I’m at 776 because I finally won 775 as I began writing this.
How many times do we look at one failure and believe that our whole life is a failure? How many times have you loved your children but you sulk when you lash out in frustration or weariness and believe that you are a bad parent? How many times have you sinned and felt like God will never love you again? How many times have you ended a project and say you will never try again?
Don’t believe the lies. You are not called to failure and you are not called to quit. If you do it wrong this time, throw it out and start over. God doesn’t love you because you are successful. He loves you because you are you. Count the 775 things that you have done right and don’t worry about the one that has you frustrated at the moment. You have way more successes than failures. Remember that!
For no word from God will ever fail.