I flipped the cover over on my brand new calendar, and there it was – January 1, 2015 – the first of 365 days, without a mark on it! A whole, new year stretched out ahead of me, full of endless possibilities! Who knew what lay ahead? I closed my eyes and thought about what a new year has always meant for me: A fresh start! A new beginning! A second chance! A clean slate! Who hasn’t longed for that, at one time or another? No matter what the year past held for me, the beginning of a new year fills my optimistic soul with hope, and I can hardly wait for the new year to begin!
As this new year dawns, what are you hopeful for? A new job? A new relationship? For a broken relationship to be mended? For school to begin or end? For healing to come? More money? Less stress? More fun? Somehow, no matter what you are longing for, it always seems more attainable on January 1st.
What if you could make 2015 an entire year of January 1sts? What if you could get up every day this year, flip the calendar over, and it would have the number 1 on it? How might that affect the way you looked at each day? Could each day be a fresh start? A new beginning? A second chance? How might it help to keep hope alive in your heart even in the most difficult times, if you knew that tomorrow would be another “first”?
I’m not talking about living in denial. I am talking about living one day at a time. In his sermon on the mount, when Jesus said, “Don’t worry about tomorrow,” he was basically saying, “Live for today.”
Yesterday is gone; tomorrow may never be. All we have is today. And, a new day is a gift from God that we receive every morning , as long as we are still breathing. Whoever said, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life,” knew what they were talking about!
So, as you begin the rest of your life, fresh every morning, may it be with renewed hope at the dawning of each new day!
May 2015 be a year of “firsts” for you and your loved ones.
Happy New Year! Pastor Barb <><
Do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own . Matthew 6:34