Last Sunday I realized that the church was short one contribution envelope. For those who give regularly, you can receive a deck of contribution envelopes for the entire year that are each labeled by month to indicate the first through the fourth Sunday of each month. (Ex: January – 4th Sunday)
But guess what? January has five Sundays not just four! At first I thought this was an anomaly associated with this year being a Leap Year, and I really started to think about this missing fifth envelope. Not questioning whether or not I should give a financial contribution (that’s a given), but questioning my contributions to this world over the past 31 days. Did I give enough of myself? Was I intentional in taking action to achieve my goals from a place of humility and love? Did I help others to achieve their goals, and if so how? Did I love? Did I serve? Did I ask for help? Did I give thanks and praise? Did I fully use each day to work towards putting my dent in the universe?
Here’s the funny thing…the last time January only had four Sundays was in 2009. Was this an administrative error of envelope printing? Or does this fifth Sunday have some greater significance? Was this the Sunday where we give and no record is kept? I don’t know. Still being a novice of the great book, only time will tell. But I do know this…this month (February) has an extra day, and as time forces me to sprint through the days and I do everything in my power to ditch the distractions and do the purposeful work, I will slow down, and I will give more, and on that 29th day I will take record.