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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: What's in a Date?

By Scott Harrup
Oct. 10, 2010

I bought my first digital watch in 1981, back when digital technology was still slightly novel. The watch displayed the date and time concurrently, and it intrigued me that certain dates created a smooth array of matching digits for just an instant. At 2:22:22 on 2/2, for example, all the 2s flickered to LCD life. A little OCD, some might argue. Move over, Mr. Monk.

What’s in a date? Pretty much nothing, when you get right down to it. At least not in connection with the numbers themselves. But humanity’s various calendar systems over the millennia have helped to organize our collective memory of current events and history and, thus, helped us to remember their lessons.

What better way to highlight three sets of “10s” to live by than to offer them to you on 10/10/10?

David Argue tackles the ultimate Ten. His lead article on the Ten Commandments reminds us these timeless guidelines are designed to nurture our relationship with God as well as our relationships with others.

Michelle LaRowe, a regular contributor of cogent lists in our pages, serves up 10 tips for parents who want their kids to live out and to share their faith.

Dennis Franck has 10 relationship insights aimed at single adults, but with plenty of thought-provoking material for a marriage as well.

That old watch of mine died years ago. But thinking of all those February-generated 2s reminds me of a shorter list of guidelines on which you can stack the others. Jesus explained that all of life really boils down to (1) loving God with every ounce of your being and (2) loving people as yourself.

“All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments,” He said (Matthew 22:40, NIV).

Whatever the number of commandments, beatitudes, fruit of the Spirit, proverbs, prohibitions or promises you glean from God’s Word to establish the framework for your existence, they all point back to Jesus’ two commandments.

And that holds true every day on the calendar.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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