I checked the National Day Calendar for February and was stunned by how much there is to celebrate. For the shortest month of the year, February hosts 23 national month celebrations, including Cancer Prevention Month, Black History Month, Grapefruit Month, Library Lover’s Month, and Embroidery Month. In addition, there are 123 national day celebrations that include Baked Alaska Day, Kite Flying Day, Periodic Table Day, Polar Bear Day, as well as the well-known Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday.
It’s not surprising how easily I can ignore all the days that don’t even matter to me—like Create a Vacuum Day. After all, no one expects me or you to celebrate all 146 national events this month.
Isn’t it curious then that we don’t live the rest of our lives that way? Thanks to the internet, we are aware of so many opportunities to serve or good places to support with our money. We feel guilty when we say no—or we say yes and spread ourselves too thin. We forget that we physically and emotionally and financially cannot do it all.
So maybe this February we should celebrate Let Others Do What God Has Planned for Them and You Do What God Has Planned for You Month.
After all, God says he has good works that he prepared in advance for each of us to do (Ephesians 2:10). So while you can’t do it all, you can give your all to the work God has for you.
If you have little ones at home, raising them to learn to tie their shoes and love Jesus is the work before you. Don’t compare yourself to empty nesters who have some newly found time to serve more. Maybe you are single and can develop connections with your neighbors. Perhaps you are housebound but have plenty of time to pray and to be a pen pal to prisoners. Maybe your children struggle with addiction, so you are raising your grandchildren. You might work at a pregnancy counseling center that offers support classes to parents who chose life. Or maybe you volunteer at a recovery center or have the opportunity to support teens or work with veterans agencies.
This month, as we fill our calendars (with actual events, not celebration days), realize that the good things other people do are not necessarily the ones you should be doing. And then, no matter what you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Linda Buxa is a writer and editor who will be skipping National Tooth Fairy Day, which is February 28. She was bad at being the tooth fairy when her children were young, and she can’t imagine she’d be any better at it now.