As I sit here writing this, it is December 26th, the day after Christmas. Every year on this day, I reach a breaking point, and it happens within seconds of getting out of bed.
It’s as though the entire year (or at least the last full month) was building up to Christmas Day, and now the magic is gone. The excitement is over. The holiday has left the building.
All that’s still here is a kitchen piled with dishes…a disaster of a living room…a tree that looks uglier by the minute…a year’s worth of unaccomplished goals. And, oddly enough, I’m excited to tackle every bit of what needs done around here.
For me, today feels like its own sort of “New Year’s Day.” It’s a new beginning before the real new beginning next week, and I desperately desire to get my home in order and make healthy choices before I start working on whatever goals I set for the official New Year (which, of course, will likely be the same goals I set for last New Year’s….but whatever).
A Fresh Start
It’s true that whether it’s the first day after Christmas, the beginning of a new year, or the third Tuesday of summer, we all have the opportunity to begin fresh each morning. We don’t have to wait for some official day on the calendar to live life to the fullest and be the person we want to become.
I don’t know about you, but I have dropped the ball more times than I can count over the course of this past year. One reason my house is such a disaster area right now is because I just never got my act together, even though I could have spent the past twelve months making it happen.
Today I can start working on eating healthy, and organizing the kitchen, and cleaning out the closets. No more waiting or excuses. I can do it today!
Yet, while I’m contemplating what part of my life and home to “fix” first on this brand new day, a couple of Bible verses keep running through my head:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
God’s love and mercies are new every morning, too! But unlike my continual need for a “do over,” they don’t start over because they were somehow flawed or might have fallen short yesterday. I think it’s more that we need to be reminded of them fresh every day.
Each morning (and afternoon and evening) we need to remember the steadfast love and mercy that was shown to us through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We need to be reminded that our old sins were replaced by his new mercies. Our tired old anxieties are met with his fresh new love that is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The love and mercies of God never grow old; they are always new every minute of every day. Regardless of our failures from yesterday, last month, or last year, God’s steadfast love for us is just as strong as it was before the beginning of time. It’s important to remember that.
Living Today in Light of the Gospel
So, today (whatever calendar day it happens to be), let’s live like we’ve been saved by an extravagant grace. Let’s seek to glorify God above all else. His love for us is new today, and our love for him should be fresh and new, too.
For me, I want to get my home (aka. disaster area) cleaned up. I want to eat healthy, and organize the kitchen, and finally get rid of the junk in my closet.
But doing that stuff won’t earn me one iota of merit in God’s eyes. You see, his love for me was new before my feet hit the floor this morning. His loved isn’t based on what I do; it’s based on what Jesus did for me.
That truth gives me the freedom to set some resolutions for this new day. I can work with joy because my work isn’t a way for me to earn God’s love or mercy. My work is a way to glorify the God who loves me just as much today as he loved Jesus yesterday (and forever!).
I’m so excited to get to work on all those goals I had hoped to accomplish before another new year rolled around, but I’m especially excited to make this day (and week…month…entire year) all about the gospel, grace, steadfast love, and mercies that are new for me today and always!
What are your New Day’s Resolutions for today? Have you taken the time to consider God’s New Day’s promises for you? Let’s chat about it in the comments!