The Holiday Habit

            When I worked in radio, I worked many weekends and holidays. As with any job, I first learned there are no summer vacations, as our kids are trained to believe with the prevailing public school schedule. But working weekends and holidays meant not going to family gatherings or doing other things associated with holidays.

            That was tough to take at first, but reality set in and I got used to it. In fact, I liked the solitude of the radio station when nobody was around. I also gained a greater appreciation for those who serve as policemen, firemen, or other public service jobs which also know no holidays most of the time.

            Then another consideration came into play as time passed. Why do we insist on most of our holidays? They’ve become so commercialized. Most have lost their original meaning. They forcibly disrupt mail and business schedules.

            But why must I take time off at times designated by others? Besides, why must we do the same thing everybody else is doing? Is it merely because the calendar says so? Are we so much like sheep that we can’t resist being out of step with everybody else? Aren’t believers in Christ supposed to be separate from the world? Must we always follow in their footsteps?

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. – 1 John 2:15-17

One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. – Romans 14: 5-8

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