Today across our country individuals in many Canadian provinces are enjoying a day off. The holiday goes by various names from province to province, but the reason for the holiday is the same: a celebration of all the beauty and blessings which living in one’s home province or community provides.
In British Columbia it is BC Day, in Saskatchewan it is “Saskatchewan Day,” in Nova Scotia it is called “Natal Day,” in Manitoba it is “Terry Fox Day.” Depending on where you live this day may be statutory holiday, a civic holiday, or no holiday at all! Here in New Brunswick we call it “NB Day.”
In this context “NB” most obviously means “New Brunswick,” but the abbreviation has many possible meanings. For example, depending upon context the acronym could mean “not bad,” “non-binary ,” “nose breather,” “not bothered,” or “nervous breakdown.” Most often when we see the term it is as an abbreviation of the Latin phrase “nota bene” which means “note well.” When used in this manner the intent is to emphasize the importance of some particular point.
This past Sunday Pastor Andrew referenced an important aspect of Elder Don’s message the week previous: i.e. that we must take responsibility and initiate actions to rid ourselves of the “little foxes” which destroy our vineyards… the “cute,” alluring, so-called “little” sins which destroy not merely our lives, but our souls.
Pastor Andrew expanded further on this truth by the example of the priest Jehoiada who gathered helpers, devised and implemented a plan and by these efforts he ousted the evil and established the will of God. (See 2 Chron. 22 & 23)
The Christian‘s commitment requires such initiative. It requires our necessary strategies, actions and energies to eradicate personal sin. Oswald Chambers writes,
“God will not make me think like Jesus— I have to do it myself. I have to bring ‘every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ’ (2 Cor. 10:5).” – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, June 14 entry.
When I was a child Sunday dinner was regularly accompanied by Billy Graham’s weekly radio broadcast “The Hour of Decision.” Each week Billy would call listeners to decision… to repentance and a turning to Christ.
Decisions are decisive – that’s why they call them decisions. They mark important life milestones. They are “Ebenezer” stones that we set up… with sweat and effort — our sweat and effort… for the glory of God.
What decision is God asking you to make… now… today?
Could this be your NB Day? – A day to “note well” what the Lord is saying to you…. a day most important?