“I’ll be happy when this day (month, year) is over,” are words many of us have spoken. With social media up in our faces you possibly have friends and family who've said them last recently. But you know, we don’t need to wait for a new year or a new month for a new beginning we can look forward to. Each day, each hour, and each minute is a new beginning.
A New Beginning We can Look Forward to
One of the most precious gifts God has given to man is new moments. Whether those moments come in minutes, hours, days, months, or even a new year, they are opportunities to make changes in our lives. While it is human nature to let things weigh our heart down, we can look at the next new moment as a time to try again.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, Philippians 3:13
We are on day 12 of a new year, are we still pondering on our past 12 months? Or are we looking ahead for a chance to make things better? Don’t let discouragement, disappointment, or heartbreak keep you from making a change. This is already a beautiful year because we are living in another year of our Lord. In fact, today is beautiful because we are living in the day of our Lord. We have a day, so make it count.
Today is a new beginning we can look forward to.
Look ahead and think about the possibilities given to us. Give the past a moment as a reminder and close the door on it. If you ever open that door of remembrance again, use it as a tool to help you in fulfilling the greatest opportunities the Lord allows you to have. Don’t allow it to be a stumbling block.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
Tomorrow is a new beginning we can look forward to.
Our past tends to hang on to us with tenacity. If we allow it, it will become a weight and burden us down where we can’t be productive in our daily lives and as a Christian.
The poem "Barnacles" by Sidney Lanier explains this perfectly.
My soul is sailing through the sea,But the Past is heavy and hindereth me.The Past hath crusted cumbrous shellsThat hold the flesh of cold sea-mellsAbout my soul.The huge waves wash, the high waves roll,Each barnacle clingeth and worketh doleAnd hindereth me from sailing!
Old Past let go, and drop i' the seaTill fathomless waters cover thee!For I am living but thou art dead;Thou drawest back, I strive aheadThe Day to find.Thy shells unbind! Night comes behind,I needs must hurry with the windAnd trim me best for sailing.
Our past is just that, our past. There is nothing we can do about it, nor can we change it. But we can work at making our next moments extraordinary. Just remember, what we make of our life is not because of our achievements, but God’s faithfulness and mercy He gives every morning.
Great is Thy faithfulness!Morning by morning new mercies I seeAll I have needed Thy hand hath providedGreat is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!