I don’t know about you, but for me, the first few minutes of morning wake up, can have their challenges. Do you find this as well? It might be fine if you could wake up to a sunrise like the one in this picture. However, if you didn’t get enough sleep, or ate a big meal too late the night before, or have a stressful day ahead, it can take some immediate attitude management to start the day in a positive way. However, like choosing the right clothing, choosing the right attitude to “wear”, makes a big difference in how your day unfolds.
I woke up this morning, shook my thoughts around a bit, and chose to say, “Thank you Lord for another new day. Another opportunity.”
Great idea. I viewed this as a good way to begin.
Then I suddenly remembered, oh, wait a minute, for God, this isn’t another new day, because He lives in the realm of eternity. He doesn’t ‘do’ days and weeks. In fact, He’s not limited at all by our clock or our calendar. Hmmm…
So, then I wondered, what is His purpose for giving us humans the restraints of time?
It is true that our earthly time defines seasons, cycles, beginnings and ends. However, it is also true that every day, it gives us a brilliant opportunity to buy back what failed the previous day.
And it suddenly hit me, God gives us time in our lives for an awesome, magnificent reason. A 24 hour clock and a 365 day year are like continual reminders of His incredible gift of redemption.
Redemption means He offers another chance to turn it around, to make it right. He freely –and repeatedly -gives us this favor, and we can not only accept it in our relationship with God, but also grant it to others just as generously! Another opportunity to change today what you regretted yesterday. Another reason to choose a better way of handling a situation that went wrong. Another possibility to remake a bad encounter with a loved one into a good one. Another potential to change your behavior into something productive by choosing a better approach. Another option to apologize, or change destructive language into constructive words, which can transform everyone else’s life for the better too.
I know that in some circumstances, what is done is unhappily- even tragically at times- irrevocable. We can’t change the past. However, there are typically many more situations in which we can undo damage, or build something better. We can affect and bend a new day the right way by our every minute and every second decisions. Our choice to stop and think about whether that comment will build up or tear down. Our high position of authority to decide whether our next action will strengthen our marriage and family relationships, or create damage.
Have you ever thought about your conduct in those terms, as a high position of authority?
If I told you that your next words or choice could change the course of history, would you think of it more seriously? That is exactly what happens. In the book of James, chapter 3, we are shown the damage that an untamed tongue can do, even to the point of destructively influencing future existence (James 3:6).
Our words have great power to heal, or destroy. To build a happy future, or destroy hope, for ourselves and those around us. Our thoughts build into words and conduct, which can either cause misery, or make a masterpiece.
This is what a new morning, and a new day can offer. A chance, an opportunity to go forward, to align with God’s Buy Back Plan. We are told in Ephesians 5: 15 and 16 that we are to walk carefully and wisely, buying back, or recovering time from loss. That is parallel to God’s redemption for us. And that’s a pretty amazing privilege we’ve been handed, to buy back time, and make it better! Every day, with gratitude we can avail ourselves of the awesome privilege of trying again, making a better goal, choosing conduct and conversation that harmonizes with the Lord’s heart to save and not destroy.
His mercies are new every morning, and we can take this new day as a wasted blessing, or an astounding gift. This day has the potential to change your life, and your world.