After all, I turned 40 last year. I’ve experienced 10 Leap Years. The way I figure it, by ignoring Leap Year I get to stay 39 for 10 more days! I’ve always wondered what kind of conspiracy gives a math geek enough influence to force a politician to add and remove days to a calendar? It’s almost as crazy as Day Light Savings Time. But there it is, February 29, every four years, one more day added to the calendar.
It leads to some practical questions.
- At work, will you get paid for an extra day or given an additional day of vacation?
- At home, will you conquer one more thing on your honey-do list, spend more time with the kids, sleep in, go to the movies or play golf?
- Will your favorite TV show have one extra episode?
- Will football season have one more game?
- Will that criminal’s sentence be commuted for a day?
- Do you get one extra day to pay your mortgage? Does the bank charge you one more day of interest?
It leads to the ultimate Leap Year question. What’s the value of one day?
According to Plato, “In a day and night of misfortune Atlantis sank into the sea.” There are days so tragic all that’s needed to identify them is a date – December 7, 1941 | September 11, 2001. There are days so triumphant we give them speciaal names – November 11, Armistice Day | December 25, Christmas.
What’s the value of a day?
James 4:13-17 says, ” Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
This year you’ve been given an extra day. How will you spend it?