Tomorrow (or today if you are reading this on Wednesday) is February 29th – Leap Day. This day occurs every fourth year (in years divisible by 4, unless the year is divisible by 100, then there isn’t a leap day – unless it is divisible by 400 – ugh!). I guess it’s a day added to our calendar every four years to keep things consistent season-wise. If it weren’t added, then in time, winter would happen during June, July and August – and we certainly wouldn’t want that.
I oftentimes wonder who was smart enough to figure this out. It appears that Julius Caesar gets the credit. In 45 BC, Caesar changed things from the 355 day calendar year to our current model (365 with the lead days thrown in). Caesar didn’t actually figure it out, but his astronomer, Sosigenes did. He must have been very smart!
I found myself thinking last week about what a bummer it is to have this day every four years. I thought that basically it is a day that you donate to your employer. If people are on salary, it is a day for which they don’t get paid. I thought, “What a rip off!” I felt I was being taken advantage of! I was ready to call the workers of the world to unite and take the day off work. No, I am kidding you. I did think it is a give-away day, just not to the degree of being taken advantage of – after all I am a pastor and we would work for free if we had to. I am kidding you again!
The last couple days I have changed my thinking on this matter. Now I am thinking that this “Leap Day” is a day to be taken advantage of. We have an extra day this year to accomplish something great! 24 hours to get something done that you don’t get the other three years! That is pretty amazing. For people who always complain they are too busy and that there are not enough hours in the day, this year we get 24 extra! This is awesome!
So, the question is, how do you plan to use those extra 24 hours? You don’t have to use them all tomorrow. Maybe you will want to use them 2 or 3 at a time throughout the year. I could play a round of golf this summer and still have 20 hours in my tank. You could sleep an extra half-hour for 48 days or 15 minutes for 96 days! Now, realize your employer probably won’t allow you to take these hours off work, but we do have extra hours this year to do with as we please. Makes me wish every year had a Leap Day!
Perhaps you should seek to serve God with those extra hours this year. Donate an hour a week to a cause outside yourself. Feed the homeless. Help others. Take an evening class. Learn something new. Spend time with your family. The options are limitless.
How do you plan to use these extra 24 hours?