A Word for Fat Tuesday

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all  in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Today in Mobile, New Orleans, Rio, most of South Louisiana, and many other parts of the world this is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, or Carnival. For the most part it means a time that anything goes. For some who will begin a fast on Wednesday, it is a Fat Tuesday.

Is there a word for Fat Tuesday? I would suggest that what Paul said to the Colossians (Colossians 3:17) fits today and everyday.

Every day is holy to the Lord. It is not just Sunday or some particular holy day. All days belong to God and are holy to Him.

We often describe Sunday as the Lord’s Day and so it is, but in reality it is the day on which we particularly celebrate the Lord’s resurrection.

If we use the Lord’s Day to mean that God gets one day and we get six, we miss the point. It’s the same way with the tithe (giving God 10 percent of our income). All of the money of a follower of Christ belongs to God. It’s not 10 percent for God and 90 percent for me. It’s also not one day for God and six days for me.

Paul’s words seem to indicate exactly what God had in mind. Whatever you do should be pleasing to God and for His glory.

Rejoicing, time with family, and time away from work is not evil. In fact, when used correctly these are good things.

Paul simply meant that whatever we find ourselves doing–working, playing, resting, worshiping, spending time with family–should be according to God’s plan and for His glory.

I pray you will have a wonderful day of whatever you are doing giving your all for God and giving thanks to God the Father.

 

3 Comments


  1. The Millers
    Mar 05, 2019

    Thank you Waylon. God has certainly given us beauty in this day. May Jesus shine brightly through all of us everyday! The reflection will be GR8T!


  2. Jim Atchison
    Mar 05, 2019

    “This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.”


  3. Gail
    Mar 05, 2019

    I spent Mardi Gras in the warmth of my home; it was COLD outside! Thank you Lord for Your blessings!
    A native New Orleanian who is grateful to live on the Northshore.

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