4 Days That Matter Most

Calendars, scheduled holidays and observances can diminish a sweet reverence for life by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary or observance of some perfectly uninteresting event. Did you know that today (January 16th) is “Appreciate a Dragon Day” and

“National Nothing Day”? (I’m not making this up) Humankind has become the masters of the mundane; experts in minutia.

But then again, dates can also carry the weight of eternity and significance upon them. On July 12th, 1969, at 4:00 PM I took Nancy Beverly Keller as my bride. I was eighteen, she was twenty-two. That day we began a now 50-year-long journey of doing life together. I wouldn’t want to even imagine a life without her. Even with all the ups and downs, bumps and bruises, it is a date that carries eternal weight, and one I celebrate each day.

The maternity ward nurse handed me a bundle of joy on June 7th, 1970. Our first child, Barbara Ann was born and now a part of the Sabol clan. She was so beautiful, still is. While I was supposed to be her teacher, she has taught me so much about myself and life. In fact, God used her to steer my life to an encounter with Jesus Christ while she was only a four-year-old cutie. Nothing remained the same after that date!

On March 30th, 1973 our second child arrived. Stephen John Junior came into our world and immediately changed our lives. The first thing he taught us is that no two children are alike. He came from the same gene pool, but he had his own way of swimming in it. We quickly fell in love with his ornery uniqueness. I celebrated the day he was born with a steak dinner and drinks courtesy of my brother-in-law. But our lives haven’t been the same since his arrival. It changed everything.

On May 18th, 1975, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. I was a twenty-four-year-old man who had become disenchanted with the American Dream. I went to church that morning searching for more with the smell of cigarette smoke and stale beer on me that I had picked up while I was playing with my rock band The Rainy Days at a club in Trenton, New Jersey the night before. That moment set and settled my eternal destiny. It changed everything. It made all things new. Soon thereafter I heard and answered the call into the ministry. That resulted in a complete vocational turnaround that had our heads spinning for months. Forty-three years of pastoral ministry later, I can testify to the faithfulness of God as he has used us to engage people and shape disciples of Christ. Nothing has brought a greater sense of significance to our lives than serving God via serving people. A real game-changer!

I could go on and on. The point I am trying to make is simply this: celebrate and memorialize the significant events and moments in life, those that are really important. When you do, the trivial observances fade away. There will be no “National Nothing Day!”

Job 32:7 (KJV), “Days should speak, and a multitude of years should teach wisdom.”

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About the Author : Steve Sabol

"Steve Sabol was born October 3rd, 1950 in Bristol, PA. He married Nancy Keller, the love of his life on July 12th, 1969. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2019. They have a son and a daughter, five granddaughters, and five great-grandchildren. Steve entered full-time pastoral ministry in August of 1980. He’s been a shepherd for over forty years. He moved to Lebanon thirty years ago and today serves as one of Lifeway Church’s community pastors. Steve has been a musician for over fifty years and his favorite instrument is the guitar. Ministering to men in prisons, churches, rescue missions and community centers has been a passion of Steve’s for over 12 years. He has spoken at over thirty men’s events across the country and sends out a daily inspirational email to over 6,000 men every day. He is currently writing a book titled “Connected” which should be available in the summer of 2020. Steve loves spending time with his bride, and staying busy for the King, changing the world one man at a time."

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