We have lots of routines in our classroom.
One of my favorites has to be calendar time. We fill out the date, count the days we have been in school this year, and discuss what day of the week it is.
Early on in the year, we added funny little nicknames to each day.
Ya know, your typical kindergarten silliness.
“But Miss Hollis,” one of my students said one day, “What do we call Tuesday?”
“Ummm…” I said, with no good answer for him, “Just Tuesday.”
In fact, just last week I was talking to a friend and he asked, “How was your day?”
“Ah, nothin’ special,” I replied, “Just Tuesday.”
There are lot of just Tuesday‘s in our lives.
Those days where nothing special happens.
Ordinary, regular, normal days.
Those days where we get up, get dressed, go on with our daily routine.
Nothing terrible, but nothing terrific to report.
No sad stories, but no side stitching hilarious stories to tell.
No moping, but no jumping for joy either.
We don’t romanticize the just Tuesday’s very often. They rarely get any credit.
And that’s okay. It’s much easier to look back and remember those “big” moments throughout our lives. Often, we consider these as the moments that shape us. That “twist” in history when you knew you’d never be the same again.
The first day of a new job. Your 16th birthday. College graduation. The night you got engaged. When you heard your baby’s heartbeat for the first time.
Or maybe you’re not so lucky and your “big” moments are not so precious. Maybe they’re moments that haunt you daily, causing you make an extra effort to push those dark feelings away to your hidden place.
The day you lost your job. A loved one’s funeral. The night your heart was broken. When you lost the baby you were carrying. The moment the doctor uttered the C-word.
Our lives can turn on a dime.
Maybe you haven’t experienced that life shaping moment, but I can guarantee you experience those just Tuesdays.
Sometimes just Tuesdays make us feel like we’re in a slump.
I often compare life to a treadmill. We’re running just as fast as we can, but we’re not going anywhere.
I feel like I’ve used this analogy several times over the past five years since I graduated college.
It’s easy to feel this way when we live in a world centered around social media. When people are constantly posting the highlights of their lives, and very rarely the just Tuesdays in between.
That girl with the swimsuit pictures showing off her abs? She didn’t show you the strict diet and hours at the gym.
That family with the big house? They didn’t share all of the money saving and overtime put it in to build it.
That valedictorian? He didn’t post all of the late nights studying.
Because just Tuesdays aren’t very pretty or particularly interesting.
But they are where most of the work is put in that lead to those big moments and those events that we tend to romanticize.
Change happens on the just Tuesdays.
Differences are made on the just Tuesdays.
Testimonies are built during the just Tuesdays.
Goals aren’t accomplished and dreams don’t come true without those just Tuesdays.
While I have met many fantastic people during “special” moments, my strongest friendships were built on the foundation of, you guessed it, just Tuesdays. Those people who stick around for the ordinary, the mundane, and the in between?
But whether it’s relationships, careers, ministries, fitness, or any other goal you’ve set – they rarely come into fruition without the dull working parts.
Even the Bible talks to us about our just Tuesdays.
Romans 12 starts out like this,
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.” (NIV)
Now, that doesn’t sound much like the same thing UNTIL we read The Message version of this verse! It translates as,
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.” (MSG)
Upon further reading, you’ll find that 2 Thessalonions 1:11 tells us,
“Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time – pray that our God will make you fit for what he’s called you to be, pray that he’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something.” (MSG)
You see, friends. It’s just Tuesdays, when you feel complacent or ordinary or even like you’re driving on autopilot that the good stuff comes into fruition. This is when God prepares you for the big things.
We were all born with a purpose.
Some will learn theirs early on.
Some will stumble upon theirs on accident.
Some will have to work harder than they ever imagine to discover theirs.
And some of us? Well, we may never know this side of Heaven.
And you know what?
That is okay.
Because our faith is not in this world, this life, the big moments, or the just Tuesdays.
It’s not in our purpose or ourselves.
It’s in the One who created us for with a purpose and for a purpose.
Let’s may 2018 the year we make the most of our just Tuesdays.
“…Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)