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An Extra Day?!

February 29, 2024
By Joel Gutowsky

Today is February 29th. It's leap day. Leap years for me have always been weird. Why do we get an extra day? Why every four years? Why not every year? Nonetheless, we have been gifted with an extra day. We get 366 instead of 365.

So what do we do with this?

In the movie, The Fellowship of the Ring, there is this exchange between Gandalf and Frodo…

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

I think we can ask ourselves that same question. What do we do with the time that is given us?

The writer of Ecclesiastes writes this in Chapter 3.

“1 There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

So here we are. We have an extra day. More time. What can this extra day cause us to do? Let me tell you what it is causing me to do.

This extra day is causing me to look at Gandalf’s quote. I have to decide what to do with the time that is given to me. There is a time for everything under the sun. There is a time to be born, a time to die and then there is the dash in between. How will I love God with this time? How will I love others with this time? How can I make Christ known with this time? 

So may we fully believe that our God, who exists outside of time and is not confined to our construct of time, has given us time on purpose. He has given us time as an opportunity to know Him more and to make Him known however we can. May we use the time given us with great intention.

Joel Gutowsky
Director of Student Life
Logos Preparatory Academy