“This is the beginning of a new day.
You have been given this day to use as you will.
You can waste it or use it for good.
What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever.
In its place is something that you have left behind…
Let it be something good.”
I can’t remember the first time I saw this profound quote, but I’ve always loved it. It’s so true. I remember in high school, one of my closest friends telling me, “Holly, a day is what you make of it.” I have never forgotten that wise advice. Yes, a day is what you make of it, and as believers in Christ, we are called to happily proclaim this wonderful truth as Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Today is a new day! We’re to rejoice and be glad.
God has given You a new day… a fresh new beginning!
Lamentations 3:22-23 reminds us, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
God’s great love allows us to leave the past and its mistakes and regrets behind and start fresh. And when we ask for His merciful forgiveness, He promises to forgive our sins and to remember them no more. The following verses remind of this beautiful promise:
Psalm 103:11-12: “For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”
Hebrews 8:10-12: “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”
God is so good and gracious…so merciful and amazing that He gives each of us the opportunity to repent of our mistakes and sins and to start fresh every. single. day.
Let’s focus on some other wonderful scriptural truths as you begin a new day:
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost” (Romans 15:13).
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee” (Isaiah 60:1).
“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up” (Psalm 5:3).
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
“Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee” (Psalm 143:8).
“Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun” (Ecclesiastes 11:7).
Each day is truly another chance to do better than the day before. Each day is another day to walk out our faith and stand on His promises and share His great love with others.
Like the quote at the beginning of this article attests to, what we do each day really does matter. How we spend our time each day really does matter. How we treat others really does matter. How much time we spend with our Heavenly Father really does matter. Each decision made today matters. What we each choose to do today (what YOU choose to do today) matters and could have a lasting impact. What you do right now, in your circle of influence, could forever change a life.
Each day is a gift. And each choice an opportunity… a chance to plant a seed in someone’s heart and potentially help provide positive change in our world that could carry into eternity.
As believers, we are called to humbly, with a servant’s heart, seek God’s best for our lives. And, one of those “bests” is to be an instrument He can use to be a positive influence in the lives of others. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.”
We’re put on this earth to love and worship Him, but also to be His love in action to those He brings into our lives. We’re nothing without Him, but with Him, we have everything we need to make a positive mark on the world.
Our world desperately needs light. Our world desperately needs hope. Our world desperately needs peace. All three can be found in the Savior. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the only One who can satisfy. He is the only One who can truly lift burdens, break the chains of one’s past, and bring salvation to lost souls. He is the only way to the Father, the only bridge to heaven, and the only true path to a new beginning.
As the world continues to grow darker by the day, we must allow God to shine through us. We must shine the light of truth and must always hold to this hope and share all we have because of all Jesus, our beautiful Savior, gave. Because of Him, we can venture into a new day with joy and a fresh new start. Because of Him, we can have a new beginning, experience forgiveness, and begin again.
In closing, I want to share a poem I wrote many years ago. I hope it brings encouragement as you hold close to Jesus and step into another new day.
May God richly bless you!
A New Beginning :: By Holly Spate
Every ending has a new beginning
I will learn to trust You with it all
Come what may, despite my feelings
Clinging to grace, I’ll answer Your call.
Every day, another chance You bring me
A blank slate wrapped in a pretty bow
Pages to be filled, moments to be made
Another gift of a brand-new day.
Afraid to make the same mistakes
Sins forgiven long ago never feel erased
Mercies washing messes left in the wake
Cycles of regret like a record play.
Turn my eyes toward You
The Maker of all good things
Release the pressures that overwhelm
The pace that this world brings.
Free me from the prison
That won’t let me truly live
Help me feel the cleansing
Of the forgiveness that You give.
Wrap Your arms around me
Let me feel Your presence near
For condemnation is no longer mine
And its weight I no longer need to bear.
Every day another chance You bring me
A blank slate wrapped in a pretty bow
Pages to be filled with Your joy and love
Another gift of Your immeasurable grace and hope.